14 Facts About AgustaWestland AW101


AgustaWestland AW101 is a medium-lift helicopter in military and civil use.

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AgustaWestland AW101 entered into service in 1999 and has since replaced several older helicopter types, such as the Sikorsky SH-3 Sea King, performing roles such as medium-sized transport, anti-submarine warfare, search and rescue, and ship-based utility operations.

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In October 2012, the AgustaWestland AW101 was submitted in a US Air Force competition to replace the HH-60 Pave Hawk; however, the bid was dropped three months later.

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AgustaWestland AW101 Merlin follows a conventional design layout, but makes use of advanced technologies, such as the design of the rotor blades, avionics systems, and extensive use of composite materials.

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AgustaWestland AW101 has examined the integration of rockets and additional ground-attack weapons.

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AgustaWestland AW101 is equipped with the Blue Kestrel search and detection radar which is capable of 360 degree scanning and can detect small targets as far as 25 nautical miles.

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Italy accepted delivery of the 21st AgustaWestland AW101, configured for anti-submarine warfare, on 4 August 2009.

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In total 22 AgustaWestland AW101 helicopters have been delivered to the Italian Navy.

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In June 2011 the AgustaWestland AW101 was chosen by the Italian Air Force to replace its ageing Sea King HH-3F helicopters in the combat search and rescue role.

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On 28 January 2008, the drive shaft of a Danish AgustaWestland AW101 broke, leading to an emergency landing at Billund Airport.

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The government considered that AgustaWestland AW101 met the requirements and specifications in the best possible way.

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The training centre includes an AgustaWestland AW101 Full Flight Simulator, jointly developed by Leonardo and CAE to Level D, which is a CAE Series 3000 device, along with an AgustaWestland AW101 SAR console training system linked to the FFS to provide rear crew training.

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The AgustaWestland AW101 was modified by Kawasaki Heavy Industries, and the Japan Defense Agency designated the model MCH-101.

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AgustaWestland AW101 was being acquired by the United States Marine Corps under the VXX program as a replacement for the Presidential Marine One helicopters.

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