AgustaWestland announced at Heli-Expo 2011 the debut of the AW139M, a customized, military version of its successful multi-role AW139. Featured earlier this year at the AFA Air Warfare Symposium in Orlando, it carries in it military technology required by the U.S. Air Force’s common vertical lift support program (CVLSP).
Manufactured at the company’s Philadelphia facility and tailored with U.S. military technology from suppliers across the country, the AW139M carries high-definition forward-looking infrared system, heavy-duty landing gear and self-protection equipment, including infrared detection and countermeasures. Making the AW139M particularly well suited to military use, it also features low thermal and acoustic signatures and is available with a full ice-protection system, allowing all-weather operations.
Dressed in military garb, the AW139M includes dedicated equipment such as armored seats, self-sealing fuel tanks and external hard points for carrying gun pods, missiles and air-to-ground rockets.
The AW139M has a cruise speed of 165 knots and, according to AgustaWestland, offers 30 percent greater cabin volume and carries 50 percent more payload than the legacy CVLSP platform but with a similar external footprint.