AgustaWestland debuts AW139M helicopter
Feb. 18, 2011, Orlando, Fla. - AgustaWestland is pleased to announce the debut of the AW139M, the customized military version of the multi-role, AW139 helicopter, integrated with proven U.S. military technology for the U.S. Air Force’s Common Vertical Lift Support Program.
By Carey Fredericks
The AW139M is being featured at the AFA Air Warfare Symposium, (Orlando, FL, Feb. 17-18, 2011) and is offered for the U.S. military market.
“AgustaWestland meets every US. Air Force CVLSP mission requirement while offering substantial acquisition and operational savings,” said R. Scott Rettig, chief executive officer, AgustaWestland North America. “The innovation and investment made by AgustaWestland ensures the lowest risk, most cost effective replacement for the CVLSP platform.”
Manufactured in the company’s Philadelphia, Pa. facility and tailored with U.S. military technology from suppliers across the nation, the AW139M includes a high-definition FLIR, self protection equipment including infrared detection and countermeasures, avionics and heavy duty landing gear. For military missions, the AW139M features a low thermal and acoustic signature and is available with a full ice protection system, allowing all-weather operation at the U.S. Air Force’s northern-tier missile bases.
The AW139M CVLSP also includes dedicated equipment such as armored seats to improve crew protection; ballistically-tolerant, self-sealing fuel tanks; and an external stores system for carrying gun pods, missiles and air-to-ground rockets. With unrivalled range and the highest power-to-weight ratio in its class, the AW139M sets standards of multi-mission performance in hot and high conditions and with a cruise speed of 165 knots. The AW139M provides 30 percent more cabin volume and 50 percent more payload than the legacy CVLSP platform, while maintaining a similarly-sized external footprint.