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Leonardo to bring AW609 tiltrotor to Japan

13th March 2019 - 07:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Leonardo has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Nakanihon Air Service to establish a joint working group that will study requirements for introducing the AW609 commercial multirole tiltrotor into service with civil and government users in Japan.

During the next year, the working group will leverage Nakanihon Air Service’s experience as a fixed- and rotary-wing operator in Japan and a Leonardo authorised service centre to identify opportunities for the AW609 in Japan across transport, EMS and SAR applications.

The AW609 tiltrotor, which combines the benefits of a helicopter and a fixed-wing aircraft, features a composite airframe, advanced touch-screen cockpit and full fly-by-wire digital controls.The helicopter can fly at a maximum cruise speed of 275kt at 25,000ft altitude for a maximum range of 2,000km. The aircraft can take off and land vertically, flying above adverse weather conditions in a pressurised cabin.

The AW609 is now entering series production at Leonardo’s Philadelphia facility. The AW609 first full mission flight simulator will be available in 2020 in the US.

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