Agusta Westland Merlin HC3 A14101 1/48
Plastbyggesett 1:48 fra Airfix
Lengde: 47,5 x 38,7cm (inkl rotorene)
The AgustaWestland Merlin HC3 is the RAF version of the AW101 medium-lift helicopter, which was developed as a joint venture between Westland Helicopters in the UK and Agusta in Italy. Powered by three 2,312shp RTM322-01 turboshaft engines, the Merlin HC3 can lift a payload of up to 5,433kg, including 24 troops or a variety of vehicles and equipment.
The Merlin Airframe incorporates many advanced technologies, such as BERP compsite rotor blades for increased lift and effciency, and ACSR vibration control systems to ensure a smooth ride and reduced airframe stress.
The HC3 first was operational service in the Balkans in 2003, and served in Iraq during ´Operation Telic´ until July 2009. From 2010, after being fitted with Kevlar ballistic armour, the Merlin HC3 helicopters operated in Afganistan supporting ´Operation Herrick´, transportin troops, ammunition and other essentail supplies to the front line of the conflict.