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A109 Light Utility Helicopter

Our Royal New Zealand Air Force has five AgustaWestland A109 Light Utility Helicopters (A109LUH). They are a lightweight, twin-engine aircraft with a modern glass cockpit and a retractable wheeled undercarriage.

The A109LUH is part of our Defence Force's helicopter training system that includes a virtual interactive procedural trainer, a full flight simulator, and the fleet of five helicopters. This provides us with a comprehensive and cost-effective means of training aircrew prior to operational conversion onto the NH90 or Seasprite helicopters. In addition to its training role, the A109LUH is utilised in various operational tasks, including support to other government agencies, disaster relief, and personnel transport in a light utility role.

Specifications

Aircraft

A109 LUH

Manufacturer

AgustaWestland (Italy)

Power plant

Two Turbomeca Arrius 2K2 turboshaft engines capable of producing 609 Shaft horse power (SHP) each. The transmission system is rated for a maximum of 900 SHP (normally 450 SHP x 2).

Length

12.939m

Fuselage length

11.429m

Rotor diameter

10.830m

Height

3.421m

Empty weight

2200kg

Undercarriage

Retractable tricycle (wheeled)

Max take-off weight

3175kg (3200kg with external load)

Max underslung load

1000kg

Useful load on cargo hook

500kg

Rescue hoist

Can lift 270kg or two people

Max cruise speed

285kph

Normal ferry range

650km

Normal endurance

3 hours 30 minutes

Standard crew

Two pilots and one or two helicopter loadmasters

Seating

The A109LUH has two pilot seats and a maximum of six seats in the rear cabin

Equipment

Glass cockpit (fully Night Vision Goggle compatible) with moving map, advanced flight management system, four-axis autopilot, fitted with radios for interoperability with other military partners and civil agencies, and emergency floats.

Armament

Single pintle mounted 7.62mm MAG 58 Machine Gun

Protection

Full cockpit and rear cabin ballistic protection