Agusta A109E Power

Type
Training and utility helicopter
Manufacturer
Agusta now AgustaWestland
Origin
Raytheon Australia
Number Ordered
3
First Delivered
1 August 2007
Last Delivered
August 2007
Weights
  • Empty: 1,590 kg
  • Internal: 2850 kg
  • Max. Take-off: 3000 kg
Dimensions
  • Rotor Diameter: 11 m
  • Length: 13.04 m
  • Height: 3.5 m
Engines 2 x P&W PW-206C / Turbomeca Arrius 2K1 engines
Performance
  • Maximum Rate of Climb: 9.8 m/s
  • Service Ceiling: 5974 m
  • Speed: 285 kph
  • Range: 948 km

Augusta's A109 series helicopter was designed primarily for the civil market but it has also filled a number of military applications. The A109 fetures retractable landing gear, a fully articulated, four-bladed main rotor using blades of bonded aluminium alloy construction over a Nomex core, and a swept vertical tail surface with a two bladed tail rotor to port. The A109 Power variant features two upgraded Pratt & Whitney PW206C turboshafts, each rated at 640 shp.

The Agusta A109E Power helicopters joined 723 Squadron in 2007 on lease from Raytheon Australia and they are used for multi engine training for pilots moving onto other aircraft such as the Seahawk. The Power is also utilised for public relations support and recruiting activities. The squadron currently operates three A109E Powers.