agustawestland AW139


Derived from agusta ab139



Steve Mills

Originally announced at the Farnborough Air Show on 8 Sep 1998, as a joint venture between Agusta and Bell; to complement the Bell 412. A full-scale mockup was revealed at the Paris Air Show on 12 June 1999. The first pre-production airframe flew on 3 Feb 2001, followed by the second on 4 Jun 2001 and the third on 22 Oct 2001. Production versions began in Nov 2001. Bell withdrew from the AB139 venture in Nov 2005.
The AW139 is a medium, twin-engined, multi-role helicopter, having a 5 bladed main rotor driven by 2x 1679 shp Pratt & Whitney PT6C-67C turboshaft engines with FADEC software control. A fixed tailplane under a starboard mounted, canted 4 blade tail rotor, provides lateral stability and the main hull is supported by a tricycle undercarriage.
The first 52 aircraft were built by Agusta as the AB.139. Aircraft from 31201 are from long nose variant with increased room for avionics.
AgustaWestland has a production line in Philadelphia, USA known as Agusta Aerospace Corporation A.A.C. with airframes C/N beginning with 41
Since 2012 the AW139 is also assembled and delivered by the HeliVert plant located in Tomilino, near Moscow.

As of November 2012, 180 customers from more than 50 countries have ordered nearly 660 AW139.

Model Specifications:

Engine: 2 x PW C PT6C-67C 1679shp
Capacity: 2 + 15
Length: (m) 13.77
Height: (m) 3.72
Blades: 5
Rotor diam.: (m) 13.8
Disc area: (m2) 149
Weight: (kgs) Empty: 3600     Max: 6400
Speed: (km/h)     Max: 310
Range: (km) 1000
Ceiling: (m) 6000
Rate/Climb: (m/min) 654

cockpit AW139

cockpit AW139

interior AW139

cabin AW139

Derivatives and Versions of this model:

    US139     2005 The AgustaWestland/L-3 Communications US139 was the proposal entry for the US Army LUH programme. It was defeated by the Eurocopter UH-145 a vers ...
    AW149     2009 An enlarged version of the AW139 for military use, the prototype first flew on November 2009. Civilian variant developed as AW189 The AW.149 p ...
    AW139M     2011 The AW139M designation was first used for the customized military version for the US Air Force Common Vertical Lift Support Program or CVLSP to s ...

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