Leonardo AW249

Derived from AgustaWestland AW149

Leonardo AW249

In 2018 was announced a partnership between Polish’ PGZ and Leonardo for a new attack helicopter designed to meet the Polish Army’s requirement to replace the aging Mi-24. Poland finally selected the AH-64E Apache.

Leonardo continued with its NEES (Nuovo Elicottero da Esplorazione e Scorta, New Exploration and Escort Helicopter) program as a replacement for the A129 Mangusta in the Italian Army. The Fenice (Phoenix) is planned to enter service by 2025.

The AW249 first flew on August 12, 2022 at Leonardo plant in Vergiate, Italy.
Second prototype flew March 19, 2023.

The AW249 made its international debut at Eurosatory 2024. Deliveries expected to begin in 2027

  AW249 News

Leonardo Unveiled AW249 at Eurosatory 2024

Leonardo Unveiled AW249 at Eurosatory 2024

19-Jun-24 - The Italian Army’s New Exploration and Escort helicopter Leonardo AW249 Fenice made its international premiere at Eurosatory 2024. The production contract is expected soon, with deliveries to begin in 2027 #AW249
PZL-Świdnik AW249

PZL-Świdnik AW249

18-Feb-21 - PZL-Świdnik, polish biggest helicopter factory and part of Leonardo, is ready to launch production line of new aircraft for the Polish Army including the new AW249 gunship #AW249
Leonardo and PGZ Sign LoI for AW249

Leonardo and PGZ Sign LoI for AW249

11-Jul-18 - Poland’ PGZ and Leonardo sign letter of intent (LoI) for a new combat helicopter designed to meet the Polish Army’s requirement and eventually as Mangusta replacement in the Italian Army #aircraft

Specifications AW249

Engine 2 x GE CT7-8E6 2500 shp
Capacity 2
Length (m) 12
Height (m) 3.35
Blades 5
Rotor diam. (m) 12
Disc area (m2) 113
Weight (kgs) Empty: 1800     Max: 8000
Speed (km/h) Cruise: 259     Max: 280
Range (km) 550
Ceiling (m) 6100
Rate/Climb (m/min) 625

  List of Operators of AW249

  Global Distribution of AW249


Construction Numbers

C/N Built as Year History
24000 2022 IT CSX82069
24001 2023 IT CSX82097

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