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MBB-Kawasaki BK 117

Light Utility Helicopter (LUH)

Developed from the West German MBB Bo 105 series, the BK 117 was the product of a German-Japanese joint venture.
Authored By: Staff Writer | Edited: 9/24/2019
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Year: 1982
Status: Active, In-Service
Manufacturer(s): Messerschmitt-Bolkow-Blohm (MBB) - West Germany / Kawasaki - Japan
Production: 443
Crew: 1
Length: 32.48 ft (9.9 m)
Width: 36.09 ft (11 m)
Height: 12.63 ft (3.85 m)
Weight (Empty): 3,814 lb (1,730 kg)
Weight (MTOW): 7,385 lb (3,350 kg)
Power: 2 x Textron Lycoming LTS 101-750B-1 turboshaft engines developing 595 horsepower each and driving a four-bladed main rotor with two-bladed tail rotor unit.
Speed: 155 mph (250 kph; 135 kts)
Ceiling: 15,010 feet (4,575 m; 2.84 miles)
Range: 336 miles (540 km; 292 nm)
Rate-of-Climb: 2,165 ft/min (660 m/min)
Operators: Australia; Bophuthatswana; Canada; Chile; Ciskei; Colombia; West Germany (Germany); Greece; Japan; Kenya; Madagascar; New Zealand; Peru; Russia; Spain; South Africa; Taiwan; Transkei; United States; Venda



Variants / Models

• BK 117 - Base Series Designation.
• BK 117 S-01
• BK 117 P-3/P-5
• BK 117 A-1
• BK 117 A-3
• BK 117 A-3M
• BK 117 A-4
• BK 117 B-1
• BK 117 B-1C
• BK 117 B-2
• BK 117 C-1
• NBK 117
• BK 117-850D2
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