Sunday, January 1, 2012
Powerful Force in the Helicopter Industry
AgustaWestland, a powerful force in the helicopter industry, is capable of satisfying the widest range of customer requirements with a modern range of high performance civil and military rotorcraft encompassing all the main weight categories. Products range from the innovative light single 1.8-ton SW-4 to the 16-ton three-engine AW101 helicopter. Other products include the AW119Ke single engine, AW109 Power, AW109 LUH and GrandNew light-twin; the T129 combat helicopter; the multi-role Super Lynx 300 and AW159; the best-selling AW139 medium twin; the AW609 tiltrotor and the NH90 11-ton.
New products recently launched include the AW149 military twin engine helicopter, the AW169 light intermediate 4.5-ton class and the AW189 twin engine 8-ton class helicopters, further expanding the product range. Through a wide range of joint ventures and collaborative programs with major aerospace and defense companies, AgustaWestland is increasing its helicopter offerings and opening up new business opportunities. A large variety of initiatives and industrial co-operations have in fact been set up in several countries also including the U.S., Turkey, China, Russia, Japan, India, South Africa and Canada.
Working for Customers
Training and Future Plans
AgustaWestland is an established provider of professional training services and solutions to a wide range of civil, military and industrial customers around the world. Building on core competencies in high quality rotary wing and systems training, AgustaWestland is committed to developing and expanding its training portfolio to meet the current and future training needs of all customers. The company provides integrated training solutions that support the complete pipeline, from basic training to beyond utilizing classrooms, simulators and aircraft. Emphasis is placed on producing a range of cost-effective options aimed at supporting the user as close to the front line as possible, while providing central high-value services delivering training courses and simulation for all customers.
Rotorsim, a joint venture with CAE, delivers simulator training for a range of AgustaWestland helicopters, including the AW109 Power, AW109 LUH and AW139; and has Level D certified simulators located in both Italy and the U.S. In the UK, Aviation Training International Ltd., a joint venture with Boeing, provides a comprehensive training service for the British Army Apache AH Mk.1 fleet.
Finally, AgustaWestland is investing in advanced technologies right now that will make future rotorcraft more efficient, quieter and greener. In addition to new helicopter designs, the company is also studying revolutionary tiltrotor and tilt wing rotorcraft, combining turboprop performance and rotorcraft flexibility in a single vehicle.