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.

United Kingdom
2011 to: Present
US$27.14 million
2x 2 x LHTEC CTS800
1,361 horsepower
Max Cruise Speed:
143 knots
265 Km/h
Approach Speed (Vref):
Travel range:
420 Nautical Miles
778 Kilometers
Fuel Economy:
1.74 nautical mile / gallon
0.851 kilometres / litre
Service Ceiling:
20,000 feet
Rate of Climb:
2200 feet / minute
11.18metre / second
Take Off Distance:
Landing Distance:
Max Take Off Weight:
6,050 Kg
13,338 lbs
Max Landing Weight:
Max Payload:
2,000 Kg
4,409 lbs
Fuel Tank Capacity:
207 gallon
784 litre
Baggage Volume:
Seats - Economy / General:
9 seats
Seats - Business Class:
Seats - First Class:
Cabin Height:
Cabin Width:
1.40 metre - 4.59 feet
Cabin Length:
Exterior Length:
15.24 metre - 50.00 feet
Tail height:
3.73 metre - 12.24 feet
Fuselage Diameter:
1.78 metre - 5.84 feet
Wing Span / Rotor Diameter:
12.8 metre - 41.99 feet
Wing Tips:
No Winglets

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).

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