|UK & Italia
|Anti-submarine warfare, medium-lift transport, search and rescue and utility helicopter
|9 October 1987
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. Several operators, including the armed forces of Britain, Denmark, and Portugal, use the name Merlin for their AW101 aircraft. It is manufactured at factories in Yeovil, England and Vergiate, Italy; licensed assembly work has also taken place in Japan and the United States.
|AgustaWestland AW101 Merlin Walk Around
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The AgustaWestland AW101 is a medium-lift helicopter that can perform various military and civil roles. It was first flown in 1987 and entered service in 1999. It is a result of a joint venture between Westland Helicopters of the United Kingdom and Agusta of Italy, which later merged to form AgustaWestland.
The AW101 has three Rolls-Royce Turbomeca RTM322 turboshaft engines, which give it a maximum speed of 309 km/h and a range of 833 km. The AW101 can carry up to 26 passengers or 5 tonnes of cargo, and can be equipped with various weapons and sensors for anti-submarine warfare, search and rescue, transport, utility and VIP missions. The AW101 has been exported to several countries, including Denmark, Portugal, Canada, Japan and Algeria. It is also known as Merlin by some operators.
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