AW149 Helicopter’s Live Fire Testing Activity With Rockets Caught On Camera

Some pictures of the AW149’s live shooting activities in Hungary (Credit: Benedek Levente/combatant.

Interesting video footage reveals the AgustaWestland AW149 throughout current live fire tests in Hungary.

The AgustaWestland AW149 is an innovative, medium-lift multirole military helicopter established by AgustaWestland, now Leonardo. Geared up with a single pilot NVG suitable low work ‘glass cockpit’ with 4 8″ x 10″ colour display screens and cutting-edge Human Machine Interface, the AW149 includes an open architecture objective system that makes it possible for the fast combination of consumer particular avionics, objective and weapon systems to perform a wide range of objectives, such as troop transportation; re-supply/external load lift; medical and casualty evacuation; Search and Rescue (SAR) and Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR); unique forces operations; close air support/armed escort; Command and Control (C2); and Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR).

In regards to weapons, the Italian chopper, that remains in service with the Royal Thai Army, was purchased by the Egyptian Navy and is a prospect to change the RAF’s Puma helicopters as part of the UK’s New Medium Helicopter program, can bring, internally, 2 x Sniper Rifle (Window) and 2 x 7.62 mm Machine Guns (Window/ Cabin Door); and externally, 2x 12.7 mm Gun Pod or 2 x 20 mm Gun Pods; 2 x 2.75″ Rocket Launchers (Guided/ Unguided) along with 2x Air Ground To Missile Launchers.

Leonardo S.p.A. did a live fire test trial, with the AW149 helicopter in Hungary previously this year and our pal Benedek Levente of the blog site had an opportunity to movie and shoot the military chopper throughout the shooting activity.

The helicopter, with Italian speculative registration CSX81848 and Aeronautica Militare (Italian Air Force) grey livery, got here for the very first time at the Hungarian Bakony Combat Training Centre and shooting variety near Veszprém back in September and run in Hungary for 2 weeks.

Leonardo collaborated throughout the time with the regional business called HM Arzenál Zrt. The hungarian business has the license to keep, shop and examine live rocket/missile ammos. Arzenál did the exact same task back in 2017 and 2018, when Airbus Helicopters evaluated the HForce on their H145 helicopters.

The team did the majority of the activity on the shooting variety, and flew there from Pápa air base, which besides a Hungarian military airfield, is likewise the homebase of the Heavy Airlift Wing. A few of its flying motion throughout the stay was revealed on numerous flight track applications. Those revealed that the AW149 utilized the PROVA83 callsign throughout the test stage.

After a number of days of orientation flights (Fam Flight) near Pápa and the shooting variety, the helicopter shot its very first 70 mm assisted and unguided rockets on the last day of the test. After that it went back to Italy.

CSX81848 ultimately returned to Hungary for the 2nd time in November and this time it did fired a number of 70 mm rockets, consisting of unguided salvos and laser assisted rockets. The helo once again remained at Pápa Air base and flew typically midday near Veszprém for the test, when weather condition allowed and returned throughout sundown. The AW149 did live shooting throughout hovering, some 3 to 4 kilometers from the target location and in flight.

Checkout the following videos of the activities in the Hungarian variety recorded by Benedek Levente throughout the November trials.


David Cenciotti is an independent reporter based in Rome, Italy. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviationist”, among the world’s most popular and check out military air travel blog sites. Because 1996, he has actually composed for significant around the world publications, consisting of Air Forces Monthly, Combat Aircraft, and lots of others, covering air travel, defense, war, market, intelligence, criminal activity and cyberwar. He has actually reported from the U.S., Europe, Australia and Syria, and flown numerous fight aircrafts with various flying force. He is a previous 2nd Lt. of the Italian Air Force, a personal pilot and a graduate in Computer Engineering. He has actually composed 5 books and added to much more ones.

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