Leonardo's AW149 multi-role utility helicopter is our latest-generation battlefield platform, reconfigurable for a wide range of demanding missions in the most severe operational environments. The AW149 is the ideal helicopter to replace the UK's ageing Puma fleet. 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 and prior to the current Puma 2025 out-of-service date.
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.