The Agusta Westland AW129 is a military helicopter that has seen action in a number of conflicts around the world. In addition to its combat prowess, it also serves as an excellent transport and search-and-rescue aircraft.

United Kingdom
2007 to: Present
US$22 million (2014)
2x 2 x LHTEC CTS800
1,335 horsepower
Max Cruise Speed:
148 knots
274 Km/h
Approach Speed (Vref):
Travel range:
303 Nautical Miles
561 Kilometers
Fuel Economy:
1.23 nautical mile / gallon
0.602 kilometres / litre
Service Ceiling:
20,000 feet
Rate of Climb:
2750 feet / minute
13.97metre / second
Take Off Distance:
Landing Distance:
Max Take Off Weight:
5,101 Kg
11,246 lbs
Max Landing Weight:
Max Payload:
1,200 Kg
2,646 lbs
Fuel Tank Capacity:
246 gallon
931 litre
Baggage Volume:
Seats - Economy / General:
2 seats
Seats - Business Class:
Seats - First Class:
Cabin Height:
Cabin Width:
Cabin Length:
Exterior Length:
14.29 metre - 46.88 feet
Tail height:
3.35 metre - 10.99 feet
Fuselage Diameter:
Wing Span / Rotor Diameter:
11.9 metre - 39.04 feet
Wing Tips:
No Winglets

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The Agusta Westland AW129 is a medium sized twin engine military helicopter with all-weather capability and advanced avionics for anti-submarine warfare missions. It can carry up to 18 fully equipped troops or 8 stretchers for medical evacuations in hostile environments such as terrorist attacks or nuclear disasters.

It was designed and manufactured as a successor to the earlier AH/MH-6 Little Bird series of light helicopters. The AW129 features coaxial rotors with anti-torque tail rotor and powered by Leonardo’s own FADEC system which provides max power output of 2,000 shp per engine.

The AgustaWestland AW129 has been in service with the United States Marine Corps (USMC) since 2012 when it replaced the Bell UH-1N Iroquois in its utility role during Operation Enduring Freedom.

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