AW101

When the mission demands the ultimate blend of range, endurance, safety and flexibility, the AW101 is the superior solution – an advanced and highly capable multi-role platform that can be configured for a range of primary and secondary roles. Sophisticated avionics and mission systems, allied with long range and endurance provide persistence for all missions in the most extreme environments.

Missions & Features

Mission capability

The AW101 brings mission capability to the most demanding theatres worldwide with exceptional performance and comprehensive self-protection measures. The aircraft has the inherent flexibility required to perform tactical troop transport, utility support, medical and casualty evacuation, Search and Rescue (SAR) and personnel recovery missions.

Outstanding technology

The AW101 harnesses a suite of advanced technologies that are fully integrated throughout the avionics and mission suite. This provides the crew with exceptional situational awareness, enables rapid tactical assessment and enhances mission effectiveness.

Inherent safety and survivability

Safety and survivability are built in to the AW101’s design. There is extensive redundancy in structures, avionics and critical systems, combined with a three-engine configuration and proven 30-minute run-dry transmission capability to ensure the highest safety standards. An advanced defensive aids suite, ballistic protection and weapons enhance survivability in high threat environments.

Exceptional cabin flexibility

The AW101 cabin is highly adaptable, providing customers with greater mission flexibility thanks to a comprehensive range of equipment that enables the platform to be configured for swing role operations. The large sliding door and rear ramp ensure rapid personnel ingress/egress and equipment loading/unloading.

Mission capability

With the capability and persistence to extend the limits of maritime operations, the AW101 is optimised for Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR), Maritime Interdiction Operations (MIO), Anti-Surface Warfare (ASuW), Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW), Airborne Surveillance and Control (ASaC) and Airborne Mine Countermeasures (AMCM) missions.

Outstanding technology

The AW101 harnesses a suite of advanced technologies that are fully integrated throughout the avionics and mission suite. This provides the crew with exceptional situational awareness, enables rapid tactical assessment and enhances mission effectiveness.

Inherent safety and survivability

With built-in survivability and safety features, the AW101’s design is driven by customer demands to operate autonomously in harsh weather and hostile locations. Extensive redundancy in structures, avionics and critical systems, combined with the three-engine configuration and proven 30-minute run-dry transmission capability, ensures the highest safety standards.

Exceptional cabin flexibility

The AW101’s highly adaptable cabin provides customers with greater mission flexibility, thanks to a comprehensive range of equipment that enables the platform to be configured for swing role operations. The large sliding door and rear ramp ensure rapid personnel ingress/egress and equipment loading/unloading.

Mission capability

The helicopter of choice for leading Search and Rescue (SAR) customers worldwide, the AW101 has earned an unparalleled reputation as the most capable platform with superior range and endurance. The capabilities of the AW101 in Combat SAR (CSAR) missions ensure first response medical assistance and recovery/extraction of personnel in hostile or denied environments.

Outstanding technology

The AW101 sets the benchmark for all-weather SAR operations thanks to its performance and cutting-edge technologies, along with a wide range of mission systems such as Synthetic Vision, Obstacle Proximity System, AESA radar and HD Electro-Optical (EO) sensor. Tactical communications enable the helicopter to integrate into the modern digital battlespace, providing voice, data and video communication capability.

Inherent safety and survivability

The AW101 is designed with built-in safety and survivability features including extensive redundancy in structures, avionics and critical systems, combined with a three-engine configuration. Scalable defensive aids solutions allow the crew to discern and suppress threats, while the crew-served weapons enable the helicopter to provide fire suppression during recovery operations.

Exceptional cabin flexibility

The AW101’s vast, flexible cabin space enables it to rescue more than 20 survivors in a single mission while simultaneously delivering specialised trauma treatment. With a cabin capable of evacuating more than 50 people in one lift, the helicopter is ideal for natural disaster response operations. The rear ramp enables the transportation and rapid deployment of recovery teams or Special Forces vehicles.

Technical data

Mid-life upgrade programme

AW101 customers will benefit from the mid-life upgrade programme that will increase the life of the in-service fleet with the conversion to the latest standards and systems (avionic, mission systems, radars and sensors). The upgrade ensures increased capability while improving the fleet’s reliability and availability.

Mid-life upgrade programme