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EH101 Cormorant  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2002
Total Production: 15
Unitary Cost: USD$27 million
Also Known As: CH-149 Cormorant
Origin: Italy and United Kingdom
Corporations: Leonardo Helicopters
Parent System: AW101
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1998
Total Production: 188
Total Cost: USD$9.3 billion
Family Members: EH101, EH101 Merlin and US101
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Description: The EH101 is a long range, medium lift helicopter designed to perform a wide range of missions. The EH101 has been designed to perform naval warfare missions (ASW and ASuW), search and rescue (SAR), and military utility missions. The EH101 helicopter is powered by three engines (RTM322 or T700), has a five-blade main rotor, integrated sub-systems, single pilot full glass cockpit, and can be armed with four torpedoes or two long range anti-ship missiles. It features reduced life cycle costs, maintainability, and high reliability due to its three turboshaft engines. Merlin helicopters provide day/night, all-weather conditions operation with an maximum flight endurance of five hours.

The first EH101 helicopter entered service in 2000. It has been selected by the United Kingdom, Italy, Janan, Denmark and Canada with more than 180 aircraft ordered to date. The Royal Navy EH101 helicopters will operate from Horizon-class, type 22 and type 23 frigates, type 45 destroyers, Invincible, CVF aircraft carriers as well as various types of amphibious assault ships. Besides, a EH101 derivative for the civilian markets has also been offered.

The EH101 Cormorant has been designed to perform search and rescue missions in continuous icing conditions with a full rotor ice protection. Its characteristics and all-terrain accessibility make Cormorant the most capable SAR-helicopter available today. The helicopter features a secondary vertical replenishment/utility capability. Canada ordered 15 EH101 Cormorant helicopters mainly for disaster relief support, search and rescue duties.

EH101 Cormorant Specifications

Crew: 4
Main Rotor Blades: 5
Number of Engines: 3
Troops: 28
Height: 6.63 meter (261 inch)
Length: 19.6 meter (773 inch)
Main Rotor Diameter: 18.6 meter (732 inch)
Width: 5.67 meter (223 inch)
Ceiling: 4,572 meter (15,000 foot)
Max Range: 1,389 kilometer (750 nautical mile)
Max Power at TakeOff: 6,810 shp (5,080 kW)
Cruise Speed: 77 mps (278 kph)
Top Speed at High Altitude: 86 mps (167 KTAS)
Flight Endurance: 6.80 hour (408 minute)
Empty Weight: 9,000 kilogram (19,841 pound)
Max Takeoff Weight: 14,600 kilogram (32,187 pound)
Payload: 5,600 kilogram (12,346 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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EH101 Cormorant News

There are 5 news between
23 Jul 2004 and 29 May 2018
Tuesday, May 29, 2018Leonardo to Conduct Canadian CH-149 Cormorant Upgrade
Monday, May 29, 2017Leonardo Helicopters and IMP to Support Modernization of Canadian Cormorant Helicopters
Friday, March 3, 2017First Canadian Air Force Cormorant Helicopter Powered by T700-T6A1 Engines Takes to the Air
Wednesday, August 18, 2010Canadian Forces Cormorants Pass 40,000 Operating Hours
Friday, July 23, 2004H-92 Selected to Replace Canadian Sea King

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