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Leonardo offers up four-point AW149 survivability plan to sweeten NMH bid

2nd September 2022 - 15:01 GMT | by Tim Martin in Belfast


Leonardo's AW149 multirole helicopter has been designed to meet a series of military survivability requirements. (Photo: Leonardo)

Leonardo hopes to persuade the UK MoD that a range of AW149 survivability-related items makes the helicopter the best fit for the New Medium Helicopter programme.

Leonardo has revealed a four-point AW149 multirole helicopter survivability plan designed to convince the UK MoD that the aircraft best meets New Medium Helicopter (NMH) programme requirements.

Based specifically on issues of crashworthiness, protection against small arms fire and MANPADS, systems integration and precision weapons, the new plan includes integration of an engine exhaust IR suppression system, a Modular Advanced Platform Protection System (MAPPS) and is supported by 200 AW149 test launches of undisclosed guided and unguided rockets.

At a crashworthiness level, the 7t-class rotorcraft has been designed with critical systems redundancy, a main gearbox run dry capability, ballistic cabin and

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Tim Martin


Tim Martin

Tim Martin is Air Editor for Shephard Media, based in Belfast. 

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