The Italian Navy has received the 21st AW101 three-engine medium/heavy helicopter from Augusta Westland, a subsidiary of Fenmeccanica.
The helicopter is designed for anti-submarine warfare/anti-surface warfare, and is the first unit of the recently ordered AW101 batch of 24 AW101s.
The helicopter operates off three CT7-8E engines, with a two engine cruise option to extend the endurance of the multi-role platform to provide unparalleled performance in all environments.
The helicopter’s large cabin can carry up to 36 troops on crashworthy seats or 16 stretcher patients.
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The AW101 can be utilised for troop transport, casualty evacuation, tactical and amphibious support, combat SAR and disaster relief.
In addition, the helicopter can undergo airborne mine counter measures, long-range search and rescue, maritime interdiction and airborne surveillance and area control.