The AW249 will feature all the latest technology developments in its market segment and will benefit from the design leadership of Leonardo. The open systems architecture will guarantee future growth capabilities and the state-of-the-art communication and battlefield management system will provide interoperability and teaming with other platforms in a network centric battlefield. The mission system will feature a number of situational awareness aids to reduce pilot workload and increase safety.
The helicopter, compliant with the most rigorous safety requirements, will ensure high safety and survivability thanks to Advanced Integrated Defensive Aids Suite, Ballistic Tolerance, crashworthiness and low detectability.
With a MTOW in the range of 7-8 tonne, the AW249 will have speed and endurance to sustain the most difficult attack, close air support and armed escort operations while the two powerful engines will allow for operations in all environment conditions (hot & high, cold weather). Shipboard operational capability will be designed in from the start.
In addition to a turreted gun, the AW249 will be equipped with a flexible weapon system with six wing store stations.