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AW101 Maiden Flight

On March 23, Finmeccanica announced the first of 16 AgustaWestland AW101 helicopters for the Norwegian Ministry of Justice and Public Security (MoJ) successfully performed its maiden flight at its Helicopter Division’s Yeovil factory in the UK on 21st March 2016.

A major milestone for the Norwegian All Weather SAR Helicopter programme that features an innovative search and rescue configuration
A major milestone for the Norwegian All Weather SAR Helicopter programme that features an innovative search and rescue configuration

The successful on-schedule maiden flight marks a major milestone and the start of the flight test programme that will lead to initial aircraft deliveries to the MoJ, for operation by the Royal Norwegian Air Force, in 2017. Aircraft deliveries will continue through to 2020.

«I am very pleased that Finmeccanica has reached this important milestone in the Search And Rescue (SAR) helicopter project and thereby making good progress for the replacement of the aging Sea King helicopter with the new state-of-the-art AgustaWestland AW101 by 2020», says the Minister of Justice and Public Security, Mr. Anders Anundsen. «I would furthermore like to bring my sincere gratitude to the dedicated and hardworking team at the company who have made this first flight possible in time».

In December 2013 the Norwegian Ministry of Justice and Public Security signed a contract for 16 AgustaWestland AW101 helicopters plus support and training, to meet the Norwegian All Weather SAR Helicopter (NAWSARH) requirement based on a new generation aircraft. Each aircraft is provided with an advanced SAR equipment package including a multi-panel Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) surveillance radar system from Finmeccanica Airborne & Space Systems Division, built at the company’s Edinburgh centre of excellence, that provides 360° coverage. The large cabin doors and rear ramp provide easy access for personnel, survivors and equipment into the 27 m3 cabin which has stand-up head room throughout.

Over 220 AW101s sold to customers worldwide to date for various roles
Over 220 AW101s sold to customers worldwide to date for various roles

 

Technical Data

WEIGHTS
Maximum Take-Off Weight (int./ext. loads) 34,390 lbs/15,600 kg
ENGINE RATING
Powerplant 3 × GE CT7-8E (Take-Off: 3 × 2,527 shp) with FADEC (Full Authority Digital Engine Controls for Turbine Engines)
Take-Off power (5 min) 3 × 1,884 kW/3 × 2,527 shp
Intermediate (30 min) 3 × 1,855 kW/3 × 2,488 shp
Maximum Continuous Power 3 × 1,522 kW/3 × 2,041 shp
One Engine Inoperative (OEI) Maximum Contingency (2 min) 3 × 1,880 kW/3 × 2,522 shp
FUEL CAPACITY
5 cell tanks (self-sealing) 5,135 L/ 1,357 US gal
CREW
Pilot 2
Passengers 30
EXTERNAL DIMENSIONS
Overall length 22,83 m/74,92 feet
Overall height 6,66 m/21,83 feet
Main rotor diameter 18,6 m/61 feet
PERFORMANCE
Cruise speed 150 knots/173 mph/278 km/h
Hovering In Ground Effect (IGE) 3,307 m/10,850 feet
Maximum Range 735 NM/845 miles/1,360 km
Maximum Endurance 6 h 30 min
ARMAMENT
Armoured protection in cockpit, cabin and seats
Anti-ship missiles and torpedoes
Crew Served Weapons (3 × 12.7-mm/7.62-mm machine guns)
Multi-purpose rocket/cannon pods
Air-to-air missiles
Air-to-surface missiles
Artist's rendering of an AgustaWestland AW101 in Royal Norwegian Air Force search-and-rescue markings
Artist’s rendering of an AgustaWestland AW101 in Royal Norwegian Air Force search-and-rescue markings