The AW149 for
the UK's new
Medium
Helicopter
requirement

The AW149 is the ideal solution for the UK's New Medium Helicopter requirement. Leonardo's AW149 multi-role helicopter is our latest-generation battlefield platform, reconfigurable for a wide range of demanding missions in the most severe operational environments.

Advanced platform and system technologies, equipment and weapons; coupled with unparalleled safety and performance, and high levels of survivability and crashworthiness; provides military customers with a highly effective, survivable and cost-effective capability.

An Open Systems Architecture enables the rapid and low cost integration of new equipment to meet changing military requirements. Leonardo has an active AW149 supply chain and is therefore able to deliver 'Military off-the-shelf' aircraft in less than 24 months.

Choosing a British-made helicopter – the Leonardo AW149 – as the UK's next military helicopter, would create a cutting-edge new production line in Yeovil. It would be an investment in UK skills, design and manufacturing, and intellectual property, which would support thousands of jobs, boost exports and contribute significantly to the UK aerospace industry's recovery following Covid-19.

AW149: Multi-mission performance

The AW149 medium lift twin-engine multi-role helicopter is designed to ensure excellent performance, lower lifecycle costs and all-weather capability, making it the perfect choice for the UK's new Medium Helicopter requirement.

AW149: New Medium Helicopter

This animated tour of the AW149 medium lift helicopter showcases the aircraft's multi-role capability, including possible configurations for Troop Transport, Cargo Pallet Resupply, CASEVAC/MEDEVAC, Search & Rescue, SF/Combat SAR, Command & Control, and Close Air Support.

(Note: images and configuration are for reference only and may not reflect final build standard.)

Mission Equipment

Mission Equipment

Leonardo is the UK’s largest manufacturer of the sensors and electronic systems which sit under the skin of the world’s most advanced aircraft, effectively acting as their brains, senses and nervous systems. Protecting pilots, alerting air crews to threats and providing unrivalled situational awareness, our world-class engineering and technology informs decision-making and helps ensure that those in harm’s way come home safely.

Team AW149 UK

More than 70 companies from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland form the onshore Team AW149 UK supply chain for Leonardo's latest-generation military AW149 helicopter.

Team AW149 UK

Nick Whitney, Managing Director of Leonardo Helicopters UK“Leonardo stands ready to support the UK Government with its intention to procure a New Medium Helicopter and develop future technologies, including uncrewed systems. As we continue to invest in these future battlespace capabilities, it is fantastic to see the vitality of the next generation of engineering innovators and inventors as they begin their careers on our award-winning apprenticeship and graduate schemes.”

Nick Whitney, Managing Director of Leonardo Helicopters (UK)

Supporting the future of UK Defence & Security

Leonardo UK plays a leading role in several capabilities reaffirmed by the UK MOD in the UK Government’s Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy, together with the Defence Command Paper (DCP), and Defence and Security Industrial Strategy (DSIS), which set out how, in partnership with industry, our armed forces can help the UK ‘build back better’ and supports a vision of a ‘Global Britain’.

Supporting the future of UK Defence & Security

Driving Britain's Prosperity through Inspiration, Invention and Engineering

Driving Britain's Prosperity through Inspiration, Invention and Engineering

Leonardo’s UK operations contributed £1.9 billion to the economy annually, supporting over 26,000 British jobs. With our focus on high-value work, our employees are shown to be 80% more productive than the UK average.