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Agusta Westland AW101 Merlin

ICAO aircraft code EH10
Manufacturer AgustaWestland
Country United Kingdom
New price USD 25 million

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


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Agusta Westland AW101 Merlin Specifications

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ICAO aircraft code
2000 - Present
United Kingdom
New purchase price
USD 25 million

Aircraft performance

NVG compatible glass cockpit, Smiths Industries OMI 20 SEP
3x Rolls-Royce Turbomeca RTM322-01
2,100 HP
Max Cruise Speed
150 Kts
278 Km/h
Travel range
540 Nm
1,000 Kilometers
Fuel Economy
0.45 Nm / gallon
0.220 Km / liter
Service Ceiling
15,000 feet
Rate of Climb
2000 feet / minute
10.16meter / second

Weight & dimensions

30 seated troops or 45 standing fully equipped combat troops,
or 3,050 kg (6,724 lb) of internal payload, 5,520 kg (12,169 lb) of external payload,
or 16 stretchers
19.53 m
64 ft 1 in
6.62 m
21 ft 9 in
Main rotor diameter
18.59 m
61 ft 0 in
Empty weight
10,500 kg
23,149 lbs
Max Take Off Weight
14,600 kg
32,187 lbs
Max Payload
5,443 Kg
12,000 lbs
Fuel Tank Capacity
1,100 gallon
4,164 liter
Baggage Volume
31 m3
1,095 ft3

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About the Agusta Westland AW101 Merlin

The AgustaWestland AW101 is a medium-lift helicopter in military and civil use. First flown in 1987, it was developed by a joint venture between Westland Helicopters in the United Kingdom and Agusta in Italy in response to national requirements for a modern naval utility helicopter.

The AgustaWestland AW101 (marketed as Merlin) is proof that large helicopters are not just for military operations. Conceived as a joint venture between Britain and Italy, the AW101 (pre-merger designation EH101) is a medium-lift military helicopter that can be configured for various civilian uses. Big helicopters have a distinct advantage over smaller aircraft operating in the air taxi industry. And Merlin’s civilian operators took advantage of its enormous size to create a spacious and plush cabin making the AW101 a popular luxury transport and a favorite of VIPs around the globe.

Did you know?

Before being adapted for luxury air transport operations, the AW101 was initially designed for hunting down and sinking submarines.

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