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The AgustaWestland AW149
is a medium-lift military helicopter
being developed by AgustaWestland
. On 20 June 2011 AgustaWestland announced the AW189
, a civilian development of the AW149, for service in 2013.
Design and development
The AW149 was unveiled at the 2006 Farnborough Air Show
. Derived from the AW139
, the AW149 has a larger fuselage and more powerful engines, resulting in a greater cargo volume and payload carrying ability.
The first prototype made its first flight 13 November 2009 form AgustaWestland's Vergiate
manufacturing facility in northern Italy
A version called the TUHP149
, along with a Turkish version of the S-70i Black Hawk
called the T-70
, was a candidate for the Turkish Utility Helicopter Programme
(TUHP). The program covered an initial batch of 109 helicopters worth $4 billion, with a prospect for further orders in subsequent batches that may eventually top 300.