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Dubai Airshow 2021: Leonardo puts AW609 in the spotlight

17th November 2021 - 10:45 GMT | by Leonid Nersisyan in Dubai

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AW609 on display at the Dubai Airshow 2021. (Photo: Leonardo)

A prototype AW609 performed its debut trade show demonstration flight and there is a hint of Saudi interest — but what about the potential sale of tiltrotors to the UAE?

Leonardo has been actively promoting its AW609 twin-engine tiltrotor VTOL aircraft at the Dubai Airshow 2021, both in the static display and demonstration flights for the first time at a trade show.

The AW609 is powered by two Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6C-67A engines that allow it to fly at over 500km/h, with a range of almost 1,400km that increases to beyond 2,000km with auxiliary tanks.

For specific missions, to increase range and load capacity, the AW609 can also take off in conventional mode.

Leonardo announced a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with Saudia Aerospace Engineering Industries on 14 November to

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