AgustaWestland AW139

Derived from Agusta AB139

AgustaWestland AW139

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 in Italy as the AB139.
c/n from 31055 built in Italy
c/n from 41001 built in Philadelphia, USA
c/n from 60001 assembled and delivered by the HeliVert plant located in Tomilino, Russia

From c/n 31201 and 41201 are long nose variant with increased room for avionics
From c/n 31700 and 41501 are 7000kg MTOW variant

- As of November 2012, 180 customers from more than 50 countries have ordered nearly 660 AW139.
- As of 2015, AW139 ordered are almost 900.
- As of March 2017, 250 customers from around 70 countries have ordered 1000 AW139 with 900 delivered and 1.7 million flight hours across the global fleet.
- As of June 2019, 1100 were in order
- September 2019, 1000th AW139 roll-out
- As of July 2020, 280 customers worldwide ordered +1200 AW139 with 1050 already in service. Fleet accumulated more than 2.8 million flight hours
- As of December 2022, the AW139 fleet accumulates over 3.3 million flight hours.

Specifications AW139

Engine 2 x PW C PT6C-67C 1679 shp
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

  Derivatives & Versions of AW139


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 ...

2009 An enlarged version of the AW139 for military use, the prototype first flew on November 13, 2009. Second prototype took to the air on February 26 ...
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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 ...
B MH-139A Grey Wolf

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