The helicopter AgustaWestland AW159 Wildcat. Specifications. A photo.
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The helicopter AgustaWestland AW159 Wildcat. Specifications. A photo.

The helicopter AgustaWestland AW159 Wildcat. Specifications. A photo.

AgustaWestland AW159 Wildcat - is a multipurpose military helicopter Italian, developed in 2009, the Italian aircraft manufacturer «AgustaWestland».

Photo AgustaWestland AW159 Wildcat

The first design work for the AgustaWestland AW159 Wildcat helicopter began with Italian and British design engineers in 2006, by special order of the British Ministry of Defense, with the aim of improving the earlier version of the Westland Super Lynx military helicopter. During the three-year development, the aircraft of this model almost completely changed its appearance, and significantly increased its flight performance, remaining still a multi-purpose aircraft, but more promising in relation to modern requirements.

If necessary, the AgustaWestland AW159 Wildcat helicopter can serve as an air transport vehicle, transporting up to 7 people (2 pilot and 5 military personnel), or the amount of payload equivalent to them by weight. In addition, a helicopter of this model can also be equipped with various types of weapons, capable of providing both fire support from the air, as well as becoming a full-fledged combat unit to fight the enemy’s lightly armored ground equipment, or an anti-submarine aircraft, carrying anti-submarine torpedoes on its board, or depth charges. If necessary, the helicopter can be based both on land and on ships, which provides it with more opportunities for operation.

AgustaWestland AW159 Wildcat photo

A helicopter equipped AgustaWestland AW159 Wildcat powerplant comprising two turboshaft engines model LHTEC CTS800-4N, each of which is capable of pulling power in 1360 horsepower, which in turn provides an aircraft and a high load capacity (maximum takeoff weight is 6000 kg) , as well as a fairly acceptable flight speed - about 311 km / h. However, the maximum range of this aircraft is limited to only 775 kilometers, which does not always meet the requirements, and therefore, as noted by Italian and British engineers, in the near future, presumably for the 2017 year, a modified version will be presented carry out flights at distances up to 950 kilometers.

Helicopter AgustaWestland AW159 Wildcat

The helicopter AgustaWestland AW159 Wildcat manufactured according to the year 2014 modified in two ways:

  • AgustaWestland AW159 Wildcat AH1 - Basic production version, used for ground operations;
  • AgustaWestland AW159 Wildcat HMA2 - Version developed for the Royal Navy. It equipped with special anti-submarine weapons, and can be used to transport small groups of troops.

To date, the helicopter AgustaWestland AW159 Wildcat is in service with the three countries, including the United Kingdom, the Philippines and South Korea, however, given the fact that the production of these helicopters began in 2009 year, experts believe that in the near future prevalence of aircrafts of this model will increase .

According to 2014 years, it was released 58 aircraft.

Specifications AgustaWestland AW159 Wildcat.

  • Crew: 2 person;
  • Capacity: 5 people;
  • helicopter length: 15,24 m .;
  • The height of the helicopter: 3,73 m .;
  • The diameter of the rotor: 12,8 m .;
  • Weight of empty helicopter: 4200 kg .;
  • Maximum takeoff weight: 6000 kg .;
  • Cruising speed: 275 km \ h .;
  • Maximum flight speed: 311 km \ h .;
  • Maximum flight distance: 775 km .;
  • Maximum flight height: 4570 m .;
  • Powerplant: 2 × LHTEC CTS800-4N;
  • Power: 2 × 1360 hp

The helicopter AgustaWestland AW159 Wildcat. Gallery.

The helicopter AgustaWestland AW159 Wildcat after take-off side viewAgustaWestland AW159 Wildcat helicopter in flightAgustaWestland AW159 Wildcat helicopter on the helipad

The helicopter AgustaWestland AW159 Wildcat side viewThe helicopter AgustaWestland AW159 Wildcat after the flightThe helicopter AgustaWestland AW159 Wildcat prepares for landing

The helicopter AgustaWestland AW159 Wildcat Close-up side viewAgustaWestland AW159 Wildcat helicopter in flight with WFPThe helicopter AgustaWestland AW159 Wildcat prepares for landing

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