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Italian AF introduces new HH-101A Caesar helicopter

Italy shows off its newest air force search-and-rescue helicopter, the HH-101A Caesar from AgustaWestland.

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Richard Tomkins
The HH-101A Caesar for the Italian Air Force is based on AgustaWestland's AW101 helicopter, pictured. AgustaWestland photo
The HH-101A Caesar for the Italian Air Force is based on AgustaWestland's AW101 helicopter, pictured. AgustaWestland photo

ROME, June 23 (UPI) -- The Italian Air Force has introduced into service an AgustaWestland multi-mission helicopter specifically adapted to service requirements.

The helicopter, the HH-101A Caesar, is a variant of the company's AW-101, which is known as the Merlin by the militaries of Britain, Denmark and Portugal.

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The aircraft will be used by the Italian Air Force to provide air support to special operations forces, for recovery of personnel, search-and-rescue and, when necessary, as a slow mover interceptor.

The HH-101A has a cruise speed of 167 miles per hour, a range of 517 miles and a service ceiling of 15,000 feet. It is fitted with the latest-generation avionics and features a probe for in-flight refueling.

The Caesar will be flown by the Italian Air Force's 15th Wing, which conducts search-and-rescue missions and also other public service missions.

The aircraft was rolled out for the Italian media late last week at Cervia Air Base.

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