The unique characteristics of the BA609 tiltrotor combine the benefits of a helicopter and a fixed wing aircraft into one aircraft. Taking off and landing vertically, flying above adverse weather conditions with up to nine people in comfort in a pressurised cabin at twice the speed, typical of helicopters, the BA609 represents the next generation of aircraft transport aimed at government and military markets. This multi-mission aircraft can be configured for search and rescue, law enforcement, maritime surveillance, training and government applications. The BA609 will be certified for instrument flying in known icing conditions and features a composite fuselage and wings, an advanced glass cockpit and full fly-by-wire digital controls. These advanced military-derived technologies will provide new levels of performance, reliability and affordability for future operators. AgustaWestland and Bell harness their combined design, development, production, and customer support strengths in the joint venture company Bell/Agusta Aerospace (BAAC) to provide the BA609.

The Performance characteristics of the BA609 offer coast guards of the world capabilities and cost-effectiveness simply not available in any other single aircraft. The BA609 offers coast guard operators highly cost-effective and time efficient point-to-point transportation at speeds up to 275 knots and ranges up to 750 nm.
The BA609 as a multi-mission tiltrotor aircraft has the ability to rapidly deploy personnel from and to confined areas offering a unique capability reducing a typical helicopter mission by up to 44 percent. In the Military Support role the BA609 can be employed in such activities as surveillance, SAR, MEDEVAC or personnel transport.
» SAR 
The BA609 is a multi-mission tiltrotor aircraft designed to employ the speed of a turboprop airplane with the vertical takeoff and landing capability of a helicopter offering unique capabilities to SAR operators. For SAR and EMS operations, the BA609 offers basket, litter and a 600 lb capacity exterior hoist option.
The BA609 offers speed, range, all weather capability and comfort making it an ideal utility aircraft combining turboprop and helicopter capabilities. Designed from the outset for low maintenance and maximum operational flexibility, the tiltrotor will offer operators cost-effective, point-to-point transportation at cruise speeds up to 275 knots and at ranges up to 700 nautical miles.

Max take off 7620 kg 16800 lb
Max useful load 2495 kg 5500 lb

Engine Rating (2 x Pratt & Whitney PT6C-67A)
Take off power 1447 kW 1940 shp
Maximum continuous power 1249 kW 1675 shp

Fuel Capacity
Standard* 3101 l 819 USgal

           * Unusable Fuel 50 l (13 USgal)

Pilots / Passengers 2 / 9

External Dimensions
Length (overall) 14.07 m 46 ft
Overall height 5.10 m 16.70 ft
Prop rotor diameter 7.92 m 25 ft

Performance (ISA - MTOW - pending certification)
Max demonstrated speed 616 km/h 333 kts
Max cruise speed 509 km/h 275 kts
Rate of climb n.a. m/s n.a. ft/min
Operational ceiling 7620 m 25000 ft
Max range (standard tanks) 1296 km 700 nm
Cabin pressure altitude 7800 ft 2377 m

  • Pressurised cabin
  • Fly by wire flight control system
  • Heated composite rotor blades
  • Nine seat interior with soundproofing
  • 3 multi-function active matrix Liquid Crystal Displays (LCDs)
  • Full IFR package
  • Dual-channel Nacelle Interface Unit (NIU) (each nacelle)
  • Dual-channel data concentrator unit
  • System maintenance diagnostics computer
  • Integrated Avionics Processor Unit (IAPS)
  • Flight guidance system
  • Flight management system
  • Global positioning system
  • Weather radar
  • ELT
BA609 Government Support Role
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