Designed for the future battlespace
The AW249 will be tailored to the future battlespace with an increasing need to team with other platforms in network-centric operations. The aircraft will fuse open systems architecture with growth capabilities, state-of-the-art communications and an advanced battlespace management system. The mission system will enhance situational awareness, reduce pilot workload and increase safety.
Safe and survivable
The helicopter will comply with the most rigorous safety requirements, ensuring high safety and survivability thanks to an advanced integrated defensive aids suite, ballistic tolerance, crashworthiness and low detectability.
With a maximum take-off weight in the range of 7-8 tonnes, the AW249 will combine speed and endurance to perform missions including combat, close air support and armed escort. Powerful engines will enable operations in the most extreme conditions and shipboard operational capability will be designed in from the start. As well as a turreted gun, the AW249 will be equipped with a flexible weapon system.