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AW109 LUH  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC):
Total Production: ?
Unitary Cost: EUR€11 million   (USD$12 million)
Also Known As: A-109 Hirucondo, A109 Hirundo, A109 LOH, A109 LUH, A109BA, A109CM, A109E, A109EOA, A109HA, A109HO, A109K, A109K2, A109KM, HKP15 and Light Utility Helicopter
Origin: Italy
Corporations: Leonardo Helicopters
Parent System: A109
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1976
Total Production: 591
Family Members: AW109 Power, AW109 Trekker and MH-68 Stingray
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Description: The AgustaWestland A109 twin-engine helicopter was developed to meet the requirements of both military and civil customers. A109 is a multi-role/utility lightweight helicopter certified to carry weapons in its military versions. Its main rotor has four blades and is powered by either two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW206C or Turbomeca Arriel 1K1 turboshaft engines each rated at 567- and 632-shp. Currently, A109 production models are A109 LUH and A109 Power.

A109 LUH is powered by two Turbomeca Arrius 2K2 turboshaft engines rated at 711-shp each. These engines allow for better performance at hot climates and high altitude. HKP15 is the Swedish Army designation for A109 LUH. Swedish HKP15 are intended for training purposes. Sweden (20), South Africa (30) and Malaysia (11) have ordered the A109 LUH helicopter to date. As of September 2006, AgustaWestland had logged orders for 61 A109 LUH helicopters including those of Malaysia, Sweden and South Africa.

In October 2003, the Malaysian Ministry of Defense ordered 11 A109 LOH (Low Observable Helicopter) helicopters, a version of A109 LUH, to conduct missions such as observation, tactical transport and area suppression. These helicopters are powered by Arrius 2K2 engines. The end customer for the A109 LOHs was the Malaysian Army Aviation. The first A109 LOH was delivered to Malaysia in December 2005 and the 11th and final helicopter in September 2006.

AW109 LUH Specifications

Crew: 2
Main Rotor Blades: 4
Number of Engines: 2
Troops: 6
Height: 3.50 meter (11.5 foot)
Length: 13 meter (43 foot)
Main Rotor Diameter: 11 meter
Width: 2.88 meter
Ceiling: 6,100 meter (20,013 foot)
Max Range: 500 kilometer (270 nautical mile)
Max Power at TakeOff: 1,422 shp (1,061 kW)
Cruise Speed: 74 mps (265 kph)
Top Speed at High Altitude: 85 mps (165 KTAS)
Flight Endurance: 4 hour (0.17 day)
Max Takeoff Weight: 2,850 kilogram (6,283 pound)
Payload: 1,500 kilogram (3,307 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
Meters (m)   Kilometers (km)   Nautic Miles (nm)   Inch (in)   Yard (yd)   Foot (ft)   Millimeter (mm)
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AW109 LUH News

There are 6 news between
2 Oct 2003 and 21 Sep 2012
Friday, September 21, 2012AgustaWestland Signs Support Contract for South Africa's AW109LUH Fleet
Thursday, January 19, 2012Patria to Supply Wide-ranging Helicopter Services to the Swedish Armed Forces
Monday, February 22, 2010ICSS Appointed an AgustaWestland Authorized Service Centre in Greece
Thursday, November 19, 2009FMS: Iraq Requests Up to 27 Light and Medium Utility Helicopters
Friday, May 9, 2008Royal New Zealand Air Force Orders Five AW109 LUH Helicopters
Thursday, October 2, 2003Eleven A109 LOH Helicopters Ordered By Malaysia

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Grand Total 12815
Defensive Weapons
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Propulsion Systems
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