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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».

 

A photoAgustaWestland AW159 Wildcat

 

The first work on the design of the helicopter AgustaWestland AW159 Wildcat started by Italian and British design engineers in 2006, at the special request of the UK Ministry of Defence, in order to improve an earlier version of a military helicopter Westland Super Lynx. During the time of the three-year development, the aircraft of this model is almost completely changed its appearance, and greatly improved the flight performance, still remains a multi-purpose aircraft, but more promising in relation to the modern requirements.

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

 

AgustaWestland AW159 Wildcat photo

 

The AgustaWestland AW159 Wildcat helicopter is equipped with a power unit consisting of two LHTEC CTS800-4N turbofan aircraft engines, each of which is capable of developing tractive power in 1360 hp, which in turn provides the aircraft with a high payload (maximum take-off weight is 6000 kilogram) , As well as a fairly acceptable flight speed - about 311 km / h. Nevertheless, the maximum range of this aircraft is limited to only 775 kilometers, which does not always meet the requirements, and in this connection, as noted by Italian and British engineers, in the near future, presumably to 2017, will be presented a modified version capable of To fly at distances of up to 950 kilometers.

 

HelicopterAgustaWestland 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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