AW101

BASE PRICE: $ 29,000,000

PASSENGERS

10

CABIN VOLUME

cu.ft

900

RANGE

nm

600

SPEED

ktas

130

MTOW

lb

31999

15 PAX

810 nm

150 ktas

34,390 lb

Picture: Courtesy Leonardo

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.

Range*810 nm
Max Endurance6h50 min
Speed 
Maximum Cruise Speed150 kts
Economy Cruise Speed
Altitude 
Service Ceiling15,000 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 Takeoff34,390 lbs
Basic Operating20,188 lbs
Usable Fuel9,058 lbs
Maximum Payload12,000 lbs
AVIONICS 
Manufacturer 
Model 
ENGINES 
Number of Engines3
ManufacturerGeneral Electric
ModelCT7-8E
Takeoff Power2,527 shp
Max Continuous Power2,041 shp
INTERIOR
Picture: Courtesy Leonardo

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.

Cabin Height8 ft
Cabin Width6 ft
Cabin Length21 ft
Cabin Volume970 cu.ft
Baggage Compartment 135 cu.ft