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Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2000
Total Production: 81
Unitary Cost: USD$27 million
Also Known As: AW101 Merlin Mk3A, AW101 VVIP, EH101 Merlin Mk 3, HH-101A CAESAR, HH-71 and Merlin HC MK3
Origin: Italy and United Kingdom
Corporations: Leonardo Helicopters
Parent System: AW101
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1998
Total Production: 192
Total Cost: USD$9.3 billion
Family Members: EH101 Cormorant, 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.

Merlin HC MK3 is the Royal Air Force (RAF) designation for the EH101 utility helicopter. It has been designed to perform medical evacuation, logistic support, troops transport and search and rescue missions. It features a rear ramp for rapid load/unload of troops, cargo and vehicles. An optional air-to-air refueling probe can be installed to extend the range of the EH101 utility helicopter. Small caliber guns can be installed on the Merlin to provide fire support capability. The United Kingdom ordered 22 Merlin HC MK3 helicopters to fill the gap between the Chinook and Cougar helicopters. Japan ordered 5 EH101 civilian helicopters. Italy, Denmark and Portugal ordered 4, 14, and 12 helicopters respectively.

On December 22, 2004, AgustaWestland delivered the first of 12 EH101 Merlin helicopters was handed over to Portugal. These helicopters were intended for search and rescue (SAR) missions and combat SAR as well as transport/utility tasks. The 12th and final EH101 was delivered by AgustaWestland to the Portuguese Air Force in mid-July 2006. On January 11, 2005, EH101 program reached an important milestone when the first EH101 helicopter equipped with an all-electric primary flight control system, including electro-mechanical actuators, rolled out of the AgustaWestland's facility in Yeovil in the United Kingdom.

In early March 2006 the UK Ministry of Defense (MoD) awarded the Integrated Merlin Operational Support (IMOS) contract to AgustaWestland. IMOS contract provides logistics support for Royal Navy's EH101 Merlin HM Mk.1 and Royal Air Force Merlin HC Mk.3 helicopter fleets for a 25-year period. The initial contract was valued at £450 million covering the first five years. This initiative was called to increase Merlin availability while delivering support costs savings of approximately £1 billion through to the type out of service date planned for 2029 (Mk.1)/2030 (Mk.3).

EH101 Applications

Fighting Ships Absalon F370

EH101 Specifications

Crew: 2
Main Rotor Blades: 5
Number of Engines: 3
Troops: 40
Height: 6.63 meter (21.8 foot)
Length: 19.6 meter (64 foot)
Main Rotor Diameter: 18.6 meter
Width: 5.67 meter
Ceiling: 4,572 meter (15,000 foot)
Max Range: 1,000 kilometer (540 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: 5 hour (0.21 day)
Empty Weight: 8,910 kilogram (19,643 pound)
Max Takeoff Weight: 14,600 kilogram (32,187 pound)
Payload: 5,690 kilogram (12,544 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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EH101 News

There are 23 news between
6 Mar 2006 and 16 Jul 2018
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Monday, July 16, 2018Leonardo Delivers 40 Osprey Radars to Eight Customers
Tuesday, May 31, 2016Norwegian AW101 SAR Helicopter Unveiled
Tuesday, May 3, 2016Norway Becomes Launch Customer of Osprey E-Scan Radar
Thursday, February 25, 2016Italian Air Force HH-101A Caesar Search and Rescue Helicopter Enters Service
Thursday, March 26, 2015AgustaWestland and UK MoD Sign Latest Integrated Merlin Operational Support Contract
Tuesday, May 27, 2014UK MoD Deploys Gen3 Common Missile Warning System on its Helicopters
Wednesday, March 19, 2014First Italian Air Force HH-101A Makes its Maiden Flight
Wednesday, January 29, 2014UK MoD Orders Conversion of 25 RAF AW101 Helicopters for RN Maritime Operations
Thursday, December 19, 2013Royal Norwegian Air Force Orders 16 AgustaWestland AW101 SAR Helicopters
Thursday, April 18, 2013Turkmenistan Airlines Takes Delivery of First of Two AW101 VVIP Helicopters

Operators & Related Equipment

Order cancelled in late 2013
HH-101A CAESAR (4)
Mar 20141
Norwegian Air Force SAR helicopters ordered in December 2013
Aircraft ordered by Turkmenistan Airlines to serve as VIP transport helicopter (2)
United Kingdom28
Royal Air Force's EH 101 helicopters purchased from AgustaWestland (22) and Denmark (6 Merlin Mk3A). In January 2014 the UK MoD ordered 25 aircraft to be converted into AW101 Merlin helicopters for operation by the Royal Navy as SH-3 Sea King replacement.
201825Merlin Mk4/Mk3a/Mk3i
20170Merlin HC3
201427Merlin HC3
201028Merlin HC3
200828Merlin HC3
200728Merlin HC3

Grand Total 938
Propulsion Systems
RTM322-02/8 Mk250x3
Protection Systems
Sensor Systems
Osprey 30x1
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