A109 Light Utility Helicopter
The Helicopter Transition Unit is responsible for the operational testing and introduction of the new A109 training and light utility and NH90 medium utility helicopters which will gradually replace the Iroquois over the forthcoming years.
The RNZAF has five new state-of-the-art AgustaWestland A109 Light Utility Helicopters (A109LUH). They are a lightweight, twin-engine aircraft with a modern glass cockpit and a retractable wheeled undercarriage.
The A109LUH is part of the Defence Force helicopter training system that includes computer based training, a virtual interactive procedural trainer, a simulator and helicopter. This provides the Defence Force with a cost effective means of training aircrew prior to operational conversion onto the NH90 or SH-2G helicopters. In addition to its training role, the A109LUH will be used in various operational roles.
||Two Turbomeca Arrius 2K2 turboshaft engines capable of producing 609 Shaft horse power (SHP) each. The transmission system is rated for a maximum of 900 Shp (normally 450 Shp x 2)|
||Retractable tricycle (wheeled)|
|Maximum take-off weight
||3175kg (3200kg with external load)|
|Useful load on cargo hook
||Can lift 270kg or two people|
|Max cruise speed
|Normal ferry range
||3 hours 30 minutes|
||Two pilots, one helicopter crewman|
||The A109LUH has two pilot seats and a maximum of six seats in the rear cabin|
||Glass cockpit (fully Night Vision Goggle compatible) with moving map, advanced flight management system, four-axis autopilot, fitted with radios for interoperability with the Defence Force, other military partners and civil agencies, Nightsun searchlight, emergency floats|
||Single pintle mounted 7.62mm MAG 58 Machine Gun|
||Full cockpit and rear cabin ballistic protection|