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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 act as an air transport means carrying on his board until 7 people (2 5 pilot and military) or the equivalent thereto by weight the amount of payload. In addition, a helicopter of this model can also equip various types of weapons that can provide both fire support from the air and become a full-fledged combat unit to deal with lightly armored Land enemy vehicles or just protivosubmarinnym an aircraft carrier on its board or ASW torpedoes, or depth charges. If necessary, the helicopter can be based both on land and on ships, which gives him more opportunities for exploitation.
AgustaWestland AW159 Wildcat photo
The helicopter AgustaWestland AW159 Wildcat equipped power plant consisting of two turboshaft engines model LHTEC CTS800-4N, each of which is capable of pulling power in 1360 hp, which in turn provides the aircraft and higher load capacity (maximum takeoff weight is 6000 kilos) as well as quite acceptable airspeed - about 311 km \ h. However, the maximum range following the aircraft is limited only 775 kilometers, that does not always satisfy the requirements, and in this connection, as noted by the Italian and British engineers in the near future, presumably to 2017 year, will be presented a modified version capable to carry out flights on 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
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