BASE PRICE: $ 29,000,000
The AW101 is a Heavy three-engine helicopter developed by the helicopter division of the Italian aerospace conglomerate Leonardo.
Launched in 1984 through a Joint venture between Italian Agusta and UK Westland companies prior to their merger. The AW101 has been primarily designed for anti-submarine warfare and over water Search And Rescue (SAR) Mission for use by both the UK and Italian Navies as a replacement of the 1960’s era Sikorsky sea-king.
The AW101 first took to the sky on October 9, 1987, prior to entering service on June 2, 2000, with the UK Royal Navy under the Merlin HM1 designation.
This heavy-lift helicopter is powered by a selection of three General Electric CT7-8E or Rolls-Royce Turbomeca RTM322 turboshaft engines, driving a five-blade rotor. The composite blades feature backward curving tips for reducing vortices and loss of lift. The AW101 flight deck is designed with a full glass cockpit configured with five full-color high-definition screens. The AW101 can also be outfitted with a probe for aerial refueling.
|Max Endurance||6h50 min|
|Maximum Cruise Speed||150 kts|
|Economy Cruise Speed||–|
|Service Ceiling||15,000 ft|
|Hover IGE Ceiling||10,850 ft|
|Hover OGE Ceiling||5,700 ft|
*Max Range (Twin Engine Cruise) No reserves, standard fuel tanks, 6,000 ft cruise
|Maximum Takeoff||34,390 lbs|
|Basic Operating||20,188 lbs|
|Usable Fuel||9,058 lbs|
|Maximum Payload||12,000 lbs|
|Number of Engines||3|
|Takeoff Power||2,527 shp|
|Max Continuous Power||2,041 shp|
The large stand-up cabin of the AW101 has proven very popular with a large number of governments for officials and head of state transportation. In a VVIP seating configuration, the AW101 can easily accommodate over 10 passengers in a luxurious arrangement with galleys, toilets, and all latest generation cabin connectivity.
Prior to the contract termination in 2009, the AW101 was selected by the United States Marine Corps under the VXX program as a replacement for the Presidential Marine One helicopters. Designated VH-71 Kestrel, the variant was heavily customized and equipped with office-like interior and various self-defense systems. The program was later awarded to Sikorsky for the production of an S-92 derivative helicopter carrying VH-92A designation.