AgustaWestland AW609



AgustaWestland AW609

Formerly known as the Bell/Agusta BA609 AgustaWestland announced the acquisition of ownership of the programme in June 2011 from Bell Agusta Aerospace Company (BAAC).

As of December 2011, the two prototypes have achieved more than 600 flight hours and the AW609 programme is to be managed by a single Integrated Development Team, based in Cascina Costa, Italy. AgustaWestland will also open a new operational base in Arlington, Texas, to manage US based tiltrotor operations.

As of July 2012, approximately 60 AW609 units have already been ordered by around 40 customers in over 20 countries.

The second prototype was lost in tragic accident on October 30, 2015. The First prototype resumed flight testing on August 3, 2016.

Certification is expected by 2018 and deliveries following immediately afterwards.


Engine: 2 x PW C PT6C-67A 2000shp
Capacity: 2 + 9
Length: (m) 13.4
Height: (m) 4.6
Blades: 3
Rotor diam.: (m) 7.9
Disc area: (m2) 530
Weight: (kgs) Empty: 4765     Max: 7620
Speed: (km/h) Cruise: 509
Range: (km) 1390
Ceiling: (m) 7620
Rate/Climb: (m/min) 456

Derivatives & Versions

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List of Operators of AgustaWestland AW609

From Organisation with model AW609
italy AgustaWestland Italy
usa AgustaWestland Philadelphia
usa ERA Helicopters
united arab emirates United Arab Emirates Air Force
usa Bristow US Llc
Construction Numbers on database of AW609 or its versions


Construction Numbers

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C/NBuilt asYearHistory
60001 2003 US N609TR : Bell USA; Bell Agusta BA609 f/f 2003; 2011 to AgustaWes+
IT N609TR : AgustaWestland from Jun11
US N609TR : 04may12 pictured (top) at Arlington, Texas still reg Be+
US N609TR : Feb14 at Anaheim, CA for Heli-Expo 2014
03mar15 pictured (bot) at HeliExpo 2015, Orlando, FL. E+
03aug16 resumes flight testing after 2nd prototype acci+
10aug16 15:00 at Richmond, VA
11aug16 at AW Facility in Philadelphia
60002 2006 US N609AG : Bell USA; Bell Agusta BA609 f/f 2006; 2011 to AgustaWes+
IT N609AG : AgustaWestland from Jun11
25jul13 pictured (pic1) at Cascina Costa flight test fa+
11jul15 pictured (pic2) and video on display at Yeovilt+
06sep15 pictured (pic3) at Rivolto Airbase, 55th Annive+
w/o 30oct15 near Santhià, Vercelli. 2 fatalities
69003 US N609PA : AgustaWestland, PA from Oct15; AC3
Feb17 preparing for ice trials
3 C/N.

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