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Encyclopedia - AgustaWestland AW109

The Agusta A109 is one of the smallest helicopters powered by two turbines. Developed by C.A. Giovanni Agusta, Gallarate, Italy initially as an anti-tank helicopter, five units were tested by the Italian Army for a period under simulated war conditions. It was later converted to serve as a platform for electronic warfare and personnel transport.

The A109 was able to carry 7 plus 1 pilot, and as an EMS helicopter it could be fitted to carry 2 stretchers and 2 paramedics.

The two 450 hp Allison Turbines are able to produce 550 hp in an emergency situation.

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AgustaWestland AW109 LUH


Crew : One or Two
Accommodation : Up to 7 passengers


Number Of Engines : Two
Powerplant type : Pratt & Whitney PW207C or Turbomeca Arrius 2K-2 turboshaft engines
Max Power Rating : 548kW (735shp) PW207C - max continuous
530kW (711shp) 2K-2 - max continuous


Length, Rotors Turning : 12.94m (42ft 5in)
Height : 3.40m (11ft 2in)
Main Rotor Diameter : 10.83m (35ft 6in)
Tail Rotor Diameter : 1.94m (6ft 4in)


Empty Weight : 1,670kg (3,602lb)
Max Take-off Weight : 3,000kg (6,614lb)


Max Speed At Cruising Level : 168kt (311km/h; 194mph)
Cruising Speed : 153kt (283km/h; 177mph)
Maximum Range : 500nm (926km; 579mi)
Endurance : 4h 46m
Initial Climb Rate : 1,700ft (518m) per minute
Service Ceiling : 20,000ft (6,096m)
Hover In Ground Effect : 17,500ft (5,335m)
Hover Out Of Ground Effect : 11,500ft (3,505m)

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