The Superior Solution

The AW101 embodies advanced design and technology coupled with long range and endurance, which provides operational persistence for all missions. The versatility of the AW101 platform and a full range of on-board equipment allow operators to configure the helicopter for a wide range of roles including Maritime, Battlefield/Personnel Recovery and SAR. This mission versatility, combined with the most spacious cabin in its class featuring large side sliding doors and rear access ramp, makes the AW101 the most advanced, flexible and capable multi-role helicopter available today.

Missions & Features

Agile, adaptable and capable

With a front-line pedigree from all recent major conflicts, the AW101 battlefield platform is a versatile and agile tactical transport aircraft for intra-theatre lift that is capable of responding to the ‘deploy anywhere’ nature of battlefield tasks. Exceptional performance and comprehensive self-protection measures enable the AW101 to operate worldwide in the most demanding theatres. Its design harnesses technologies from the forefront of industry, which are fully integrated throughout the avionics and mission suite to deliver exceptional situational awareness, rapid tactical assessment and ultimate mission effectiveness.

Inherent safety and survivability

Designed from concept to survive in the harshest environments the AW101 includes extensive redundancy in the 20g crashworthy structure, avionics and critical systems. Combined with a three-engine configuration and 30-minute run-dry transmission, under the protection of a sophisticated Health and Usage Monitoring System (HUMS) ensuring the highest standards of safety.

Mission capable

The capabilities of the AW101 for Personnel Recovery missions ensure first response medical assistance and recovery/extraction of personnel in hostile or denied environments. As the helicopter of choice for leading Search and Rescue (SAR) customers worldwide, the AW101 has earned an unparalleled reputation as the most capable platform with superior range and endurance. The cabin capacity allows the AW101 to carry up to 38 lightly equipped troops, on crashworthy seating, 16 stretcher casualties or vehicles such as Quad Bikes and Tactical ATVs.

Class-leading operability

A Fully Integrated and Scalable Defensive Aids Suite provides AW101 the capability to discern and suppress threats. Rapidly reconfigurable with Crew-served weapons in three positions allows the helicopter to provide fire suppression during recovery operations. Tactical communications enable the AW101 to integrate seamlessly into the modern digital battlespace providing voice, data and video communication capability. 

Mission capable

With the capability and persistence to extend the limits of maritime operations, the AW101 is the most advanced and capable multi-mission maritime helicopter available today. The combination of mission systems available makes the AW101 a powerful Intelligence, Surveillance, Targeting and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) asset.

Outstanding technology

Mission systems, such as advanced 360°surveillance radar, Electro-Optical (EO) device, Electronic Support Measures (ESM), sonar/sonics solutions, and weapon capabilities ranging from torpedoes and anti-ship missiles to crew-served weapons, enable the AW101 to autonomously conduct Anti-Submarine/Surface Warfare and Maritime Patrol/Interdiction operations.

Inherent safety and survivability

Focused on survivability, the AW101's design is driven by customer demands to operate autonomously in harsh weather and hostile locations. Extensive redundancy in structures, avionics and critical systems, combined with the three-engine configuration and proven 30-minute run-dry transmission capability, ensures the highest standards of safety.

Exceptional cabin flexibility

The AW101 provides customers with greater mission flexibility, thanks to a comprehensive range of equipment that enables the platform to be configured for swing role operations. The large sliding door and rear ramp ensure rapid personnel ingress/egress and equipment loading/unloading.

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