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UAE will acquire 3 convertible AW609

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Representatives of the Ministry of Defense of the United Arab Emirates at the air show in Dubai signed a memorandum of understanding with the Italian group Finmeccanica. We are talking about the acquisition of 3-x developed by AgustaWestland (included in Finmeccanica) convertiplanes AW609, reports the blog bmpd with reference to DefenseNews.




These machines are planned to be used as part of the UAE Air Force and Air Defense for search and rescue operations, as well as for transport tasks. It is assumed that the contract will be concluded with the option for another convertible plane 3. Deliveries are scheduled to begin at 2019.

Meanwhile, competitors from Bell Helicopters and Boeing leave no hope to kill the deal and sell their V-22 Ospre to the Emirates.

“AW609 commercial convertoplan is a long-term project of AgustaWestland. It was launched back in 1996 g under the BachNUMX index jointly by Bell Helicopters and AgustaWestland as a kind of reduced (capacity six to nine passengers) civilian version of the convertible plane V-609 Osprey. Due to technical difficulties and practically unsolvable problems with the civil certification of the Bell Helicopters apparatus, it ultimately came to the conclusion that the project was unprofitable and withdrew from it in 22. After this, the program is fully implemented by AgustaWestland under the designation AW2011, ”writes the resource.

In total, only the 2 prototype was built, their testing and refinement was extremely prolonged. Moreover, the second unit (AC-2) October 30 crashed in Italy.

Product certification is expected no earlier than 2017. At the same time, there is an opinion that “AW609 will never be able to receive an American type certificate due to the unattainability of the implementation of certification requirements for flight safety on it”.

In such circumstances, the decision to purchase looks like a serious support for the Italian project. In 2010, the cost of one machine was $ 29 million.

UAE will acquire 3 convertible AW609
At the ceremony of signing a memorandum of understanding between the Finmeccanica group and the UAE Ministry of Defense.
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  1. Dezinto
    Dezinto 16 November 2015 12: 15
    +3
    They have money even chew booty. Of course they will.
    1. vkl-47
      vkl-47 16 November 2015 12: 20
      +1
      they are already leaving in deep minuses. they are licking eggs for mattresses. and oil prices are doing their job. For this year they have already lost 30% of their profits. But at the request of the mattress they have brought down the oil market.
    2. Samaritan
      Samaritan 16 November 2015 12: 34
      0
      Not even that.
      Quote: DEZINTO
      They have money even chew booty. Of course they will.

      and here it is: Product certification is expected no earlier than 2017. At the same time, there is an opinion that “AW609 will never be able to get an American type certificate because of the unattainability of the certification requirements for safety on it.”
      This is not the safest project in the United States, during its testing, most Americans died ...
    3. Renat
      Renat 16 November 2015 12: 37
      +2
      They would have our huckster-oligarchs or even better with the government of someone. Well then, not just a booty, but a penny would be considered.
  2. cniza
    cniza 16 November 2015 12: 17
    +1
    At least the characteristics gave what kind of beast
    1. Baikonur
      Baikonur 16 November 2015 12: 37
      +1
      In general, an interesting thing, a helicopter plane! After all, take-offs are not necessary and can be deck-based. Are we interested in similar developments?
      1. hrych
        hrych 16 November 2015 17: 34
        0
        Of course, the Mi-30 project was conducted http://topwar.ru/20847-konvertoplan-mi-30-proekt.html
      2. gladcu2
        gladcu2 16 November 2015 20: 58
        0
        Baikonur

        I also wanted to note that this is a good technology. There were stability issues during takeoff and landing. But it seems they have already decided and the level of security has increased.
  3. Terrible_L.
    Terrible_L. 16 November 2015 12: 17
    +1
    Well, the Russian aviation industry is neither hot nor cold from this
  4. kil 31
    kil 31 16 November 2015 12: 19
    +1
    Maybe we will do it. Amers say they brought to mind such a technique. With modern progress, this is done simply. So we can skip a new trend in aviation.
    1. nvn_co
      nvn_co 16 November 2015 12: 32
      +2
      "With modern progress, this is done simply". Not everything is just what is described in words ... This pleasure is difficult to maintain and expensive to manufacture, but it performs the same functions as a helicopter, but with certain flight restrictions ... Do we need it? Our "wise elders from the Soviet design bureaus" considered such projects, but refused, I think they refused for a reason ... We were smarter. The given scheme for the Yankees is not very used in battle, it mainly conducts hostilities in Hollywood films, and so it is an expensive toy for delivering cargo and infantry to safe areas. Mi-26 and Mi-8 can handle these tasks perfectly.
      1. Altona
        Altona 16 November 2015 12: 39
        0
        Quote: nvn_co
        They were smarter than us. The given scheme for the “Yanks” is not very used in battle, it mainly conducts hostilities in Hollywood films, and it’s an expensive toy for delivery to safe areas. Mi-26 and Mi-8 can handle these tasks perfectly. And here is the knot of articulation of the wing and the engine nacelle, there Mama Do not Cry ...

        ------------------------
        The Americans themselves joke that the Osprey costs longer to be repaired than to fly ...
      2. marlin1203
        marlin1203 16 November 2015 17: 41
        0
        I agree. The tiltrotor advantage is probably in the speed of horizontal flight. And that is unprincipled. But on the other hand, a very expensive and difficult to operate pepelats.
        1. gladcu2
          gladcu2 16 November 2015 21: 03
          0
          Marlin

          There and the flight range is higher. But with such a small payload, it doesn’t matter.

          Therefore, the "Soviet elders" are certainly right that they did not scatter efforts in different directions.

          Although technology may be promising
  5. izya top
    izya top 16 November 2015 12: 20
    +2
    I understand that this is an unhealthy competition? where have the An-178 been pushed? At the skaklov there the stock of stainless steel is a bonus!
    1. nvn_co
      nvn_co 16 November 2015 12: 34
      +1
      at what immediately the tone of three hundred in the bonus ... laughing
      1. izya top
        izya top 16 November 2015 12: 38
        +1
        Quote: nvn_co
        at what immediately the tone of three hundred in the bonus ... laughing

        wassat enjoy
        1. pv1005
          pv1005 16 November 2015 13: 06
          -1
          Quote: iza top
          Quote: nvn_co
          at what immediately the tone of three hundred in the bonus ... laughing

          wassat enjoy

          The senile bears nonsense. But what does this have to do with the article ???request
          1. izya top
            izya top 16 November 2015 13: 33
            +1
            Quote: pv1005
            But what does this have to do with the article ???

            it has to do with paramogs wink
  6. Altona
    Altona 16 November 2015 12: 31
    +1
    Is it a means to transfer mobile fighters from one front to another? Something all the wunderwaffles of the militants are ...
  7. dchegrinec
    dchegrinec 16 November 2015 12: 40
    +1
    This model of the aircraft can not be called successful, in fact, crap on vegetable oil. In each version, not fish, not meat! No speed and lifting force, too, are not impressive. Forgot to indicate fuel consumption. Goes off scale.
    1. MIKHAN
      MIKHAN 16 November 2015 12: 45
      +1
      Quote: dchegrinec
      This model of the aircraft can not be called successful, in fact, crap on vegetable oil. In each version, not fish, not meat! No speed and lifting force, too, are not impressive. Forgot to indicate fuel consumption. Goes off scale.

      They do not care that they put NATO on them .... Here they understand the camels clearly! hi
    2. gladcu2
      gladcu2 16 November 2015 21: 05
      0
      dchegrinec

      Osprey is not without problems. It’s going to be too much respect to carry militants there.

      Although the fuel consumption on an airplane should not be large.
  8. voyaka uh
    voyaka uh 16 November 2015 12: 53
    +1
    The Americans Osprey brought to mind 10 years.
    Now its accident rate does not exceed the usual helicopter.

    Italian Augusta is a good company, but apparently they have to
    the same thorny way of finalizing your convertiplane.
    1. Altona
      Altona 16 November 2015 13: 13
      +1
      Quote: voyaka uh
      The Americans Osprey brought to mind 10 years.
      Now its accident rate does not exceed the usual helicopter.

      --------------------
      All in all, nothing ... Now, with undisguised interest, we are observing the thorny path of refinement of the F-35 fighter ...
      1. voyaka uh
        voyaka uh 16 November 2015 15: 10
        +2
        On the fine-tuning of the Su-27 and MiG-29 it took about one time
        as much time. The result is good
        planes.
      2. gladcu2
        gladcu2 16 November 2015 21: 08
        0
        Altona

        What a thorny path?

        Everything, khan projects.

        Russian REB systems multiplied all projects by zero.
  9. Mountain shooter
    Mountain shooter 16 November 2015 12: 54
    +1
    A tiltrotor is a complicated thing. In fact - a cross-section helicopter, with its own problems, and an airplane with pulling propeller diameters too large. The speed is limited by these rotors, and what kind of vibrations are there in horizontal flight, at such moments on the rotors, I’m afraid to even imagine.
  10. roskot
    roskot 16 November 2015 12: 55
    0
    The sand is golden in the desert of the Emirates, but there is not enough iron. Therefore, they drag everything that does not shine.
  11. Termit1309
    Termit1309 16 November 2015 13: 05
    +1
    Quote: voyaka uh

    Italian Augusta is a good company, but apparently they have to
    the same thorny way of finalizing your convertiplane.

    I am afraid that the Italians simply do not have the patience to go this way.
  12. Barakuda
    Barakuda 16 November 2015 13: 51
    0
    Too long they bring him to mind
  13. Manul
    Manul 16 November 2015 14: 50
    0
    Here on this site http://militaryreview.ru/proizvodstvo-rossijskix-konvertoplanov-potesnit-ss
    ha.html there is an article, which says that "Russian Helicopters" have already started developing a tiltrotor. Article dated 20.10.2015. I don’t remember her.