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Leonardo Helicopters AW249

The AW249 is designed to meet the evolving needs of modern warfare, ensuring it remains a cutting-edge combat helicopter for the next three decades.

As the newest addition to the combat helicopter lineup, it boasts a blend of state-of-the-art technologies, exceptional capabilities, and superior survivability, all while maintaining cost-effectiveness.

Crafted to meet the demands of the future battlespace, the AW249 combat helicopter is specifically designed to support network-centric operations.

It seamlessly integrates with both air and ground assets, including Uncrewed Aircraft Systems (UAS), and combines open systems architecture with expandable capabilities, cutting-edge communications, and an advanced battlespace management system.

The mission systems of this aircraft not only enhance situational awareness but also alleviate pilot workload and enhance safety.

The helicopter meets the strict safety standards set by the European Defence Agency, NATO, and EASA, guaranteeing exceptional safety and survivability.

It is equipped with an advanced Integrated Defensive Aids Suite (IDAS), a run-dry main gearbox capability, armoured seats, and ballistic-tolerant fuel tanks, as well as superior crashworthiness and low detectability.

The AW249, with a maximum take-off weight of 8.3 tonnes, offers a unique combination of high speed and endurance for various missions such as aerial escort, close air support, and air interdiction.

Its powerful engines allow operations in extreme conditions, with shipboard operational capability integrated right from the beginning.

Equipped with a versatile weapon system, the AW249 includes guided and unguided 70mm rockets, air-to-air infrared guided missiles, and air-to-ground radio frequency or fibre optic guided missiles.





1,800 kg

Max take-off weight

7,500–8,000 kg (16,535–17,637 lb)


2 × General Electric CT7-8E6 turboshaft,

1,900 kW (2,500 shp) each


Cruise speed

259 km/h (161 mph, 140 kn)


Three hours

Service ceiling

6,100 m (20,000 ft)



OTO Melara TM197B 20mm rotary cannon




Leonardo Helicopters, AW249

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