AW159 Wildcat Helicopter (RN & AAC)

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J. Tattersall

Re: AW159 Wildcat Helicopter (RN & AAC)

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Ron5 wrote:
J. Tattersall wrote:
Ron5 wrote:Still think a navalized AW149 (Puma replacement candidate) would make a great ships helicopter to supplement RN Wildcat.
Interesting point, does anyone know if Leonardo has proposed a navalised version? Not a trivial task, but interesting none the less.
Long time ago they said they wanted to do that but the challenge was adding navalized kit such as folding rotors and tail might hike the price up to where it competes with NH90.

Not a trivial task true, but not that hard either. The AW149 composite body and the firms expertise greatly helps. AW claim very few components are not seawater resistant. Interestingly, Egypt bought some unmodified to operate from their gater navy.
Of course as soon as you change the rotor head for a folding version (and not quite sure if a cab that size could be manually folded at sea, i.e. powered head) then you're into time consuming and very expensive flight test to requalify the aircraft.

Also not sure whether the current oleos are qualified for higher vertical loads for naval ops, and if operated from DD/FF or smaller then deck lock system probably needed. Also not sure if the current land based version comes with flot gear, life-raft, SARbe, appropriate crew emergency egress etc. etc. Clearly none of this impossible but time, cost and all racking up the empty mass of the aircraft.

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Does the Wildcat have flotation gear? Adding a folding rotor, powered or manual would also help when flying the platform out of area in a C-17 or Atlas. If the AW149 is in line to be operated by the SF and the SFSG then having it marinized, or at least some of them, makes sense. I wonder if an AW149 could carry four Sea Venom?

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Re: AW159 Wildcat Helicopter (RN & AAC)

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Lord Jim wrote:Does the Wildcat have flotation gear? Adding a folding rotor, powered or manual would also help when flying the platform out of area in a C-17 or Atlas. If the AW149 is in line to be operated by the SF and the SFSG then having it marinized, or at least some of them, makes sense. I wonder if an AW149 could carry four Sea Venom?
Yes
Yes, would probably also need a folding tail
Yes, and apparently not much would need regarding salt water corrosion resistance. J Tatersall in a comment above listed most of the other needs. Not technically difficult but does eat into payload and would take time & money to develop and test.
Yes, well within load limits. Brimstone has also been shown attached previously ...

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