The A109 Light Utility Helicopter is operated by No. 3 Squadron RNZAF.
The RNZAF has a fleet of five 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 helicopters.
This provides the Defence Force with a cost effective means of training aircrew prior to operational conversion onto the NH90 or SH-2G(I) helicopters. In addition to its training role, the A109LUH is used in various operational roles conducting light utility tasking.
||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 loadmaster|
||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 and emergency floats|
||Single pintle mounted 7.62mm MAG 58 Machine Gun|
||Full cockpit and rear cabin ballistic protection|