Agusta Westland A109E

Agusta Westland A109E

Three A109E helicopters were leased to the RAN in 2007 to assist with aircrew training at HMAS Albatross, Nowra, NSW. They were retired from Navy service on 9 March 2012. The aircraft flew more than 6000 hours and qualified more than 60 aircrew in that time. As well as providing crew training, the A109Es also provided support in the 2009 Victoria bushfires and 2011 Queensland flood relief and were a regular feature at open days, air shows, schools and community events. The Agusta have been replaced by three Bell 429 helicopters.

Manufacturer: Agusta Westland
Type: training and general utility helicopter
Delivered: 3 helicopters, 2007 (under 4-year lease from Raytheon Australia)
Crew: two
Engine: 2× Pratt & Whitney Canada 206C or Turbomeca Arrius 2K1 turboshafts, 567 hp or 571 hp (423 kW or 426 kW) each
Speed: 177 mph (max)
Range: 599 miles