Leonardo Helicopters has showcased a new troop transport variant of its AW149 helicopter as part of efforts to target legacy medium-lift helicopter operators as existing systems go out of service.
Transport loads can vary depending on passenger requirements, with the platform able to take a maximum of 19 passengers or 16 equipped troops. Other configurations for the platform include search-and-rescue and combat search-and-rescue, with the latter layout providing space for two gunners at the cabin's forward windows.
Additionally, the revisions for the AW149 loadout can include special forces operations, casualty and medical evacuation, C4ISR, close air support, and cargo transport.
Armaments options include two 7.62 mm or 12.7 mm machine guns, two external 20 mm or 12.7 mm gun pods, two 2.75 inch rocket launchers, or two anti-tank missile launchers.
The company presented the platform at DSEI 2019 in London with a several advanced sensors, such as the MAIR missile warning system, SAGE electronic support measures system, and Osprey radar.
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