The AW159 is a new-generation, multi-role military helicopter that is replacing Lynx helicopters in service with the Royal Navy and British Army.
Designed with the same attributes as the Lynx maritime helicopter, the AW159 has a semi-rigid rotor head which provides high agility. It is also fitted with composite rotor blades utilizing the same technology that enabled the Lynx to break the world helicopter speed record. The AW159 is powered by a pair of LHTEC CTS800-4N engines, each providing up to 1,361 shp, which gives the aircraft exceptional performance, even in hot and high environments. The engine installation also incorporates exhausts with built in IR suppression to provide increased survivability.
The AW159 has the most modern integrated cockpit of any naval helicopter, featuring four large area (10 x 8 inches) cockpit displays and an integrated avionics suite and mission system to provide increased mission capability and increased crew effectiveness.