The New Combat Helicopter

The New Combat Helicopter

The AW249 meets emerging requirements for a latest generation combat helicopter to operate in a rapidly evolving battlespace over the next 30 years. The only new combat helicopter currently in design, it combines advanced technologies, outstanding performance and high survivability, together with low operating costs.

Missions & Features

Designed for the future battlespace

The AW249 combat helicopter is tailored to the future battlespace and the increasing need for network-centric operations. Interoperable with all air and ground assets, including Uncrewed Aircraft Systems (UAS), the aircraft fuses open systems architecture with growth capabilities, state-of-the-art communications and an advanced battlespace management system. Mission systems enhance situational awareness, reduce pilot workload and increase safety.

Safe and survivable

The helicopter complies with the most rigorous safety requirements of the European Defence Agency, NATO and EASA standards, ensuring high safety and survivability. It features an advanced Integrated Defensive Aids Suite (IDAS), run dry main gearbox capability, armoured seats and ballistic tolerant fuel tanks, together with superior crashworthiness and low detectability.

Multi-mission capability

With a maximum take-off weight of 8.3 tonnes, the AW249 combines high speed and endurance to perform missions including aerial escort, close air support, and air interdiction. Powerful engines enable operations in the most extreme conditions with shipboard operational capability designed in from the start. The AW249 is equipped with a flexible weapon system that includes guided and unguided 70mm rockets, air-to-air infrared guided missiles, and air-to-ground radio frequency or fibre optic guided missiles.


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