The AgustaWestland AW159 is a British-built helicopter that was developed for the European market. The rotorcraft has been designed to provide high levels of agility and maneuverability, whilst also being fitted with advanced avionics such as an integrated glass cockpit and digital flight control system.
The Agusta Westland AW159 is a helicopter that was jointly developed by the two companies. The helicopter is designed for both military and civil use, and it has been in service since 2009. he program was initiated in 2003 to replace the ageing Lynx airframe then used by both countries’ armed forces. It has been designed for naval operations as well as support missions on land.
The aircraft features an advanced design that includes a reduced radar signature, survivability against ballistic threats with self-sealing fuel tanks, and a state-of-the art avionics suite.
It can be used for a variety of tasks, including troop transport, search-and-rescue missions, border patrol duties, firefighting operations and medical evacuation flights.
The Agusta Westland AW159 has several design features that make it stand out from other helicopters on the market today. One of these features is its ability to operate in hot climates due to an air conditioning system which prevents temperatures inside the cabin exceeding 35 degrees Celsius (95 Fahrenheit). This makes it ideal for use in tropical countries such as India or Brazil.
The AW159 will be produced in three variants: Tactical Transport Helicopter (TTH) for military use; Search And Rescue Helicopter (SARH) for civil use; and Naval Combat Support Helicopter (NCSH).