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MBB-Kawasaki BK 117


Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) (1982)


Aviation / Aerospace

Developed from the West German MBB Bo 105 series, the BK 117 was the product of a German-Japanese joint venture.



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Specifications



Service Year
1982

Origin
Germany national flag graphic
Germany

Status
ACTIVE
In Active Service.
Crew
1

Production
443
UNITS


Messerschmitt-Bolkow-Blohm (MBB) - West Germany / Kawasaki - Japan
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(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
Special-Mission: MEDical EVACuation (MEDEVAC)
Extraction of wounded combat or civilian elements by way of specialized onboard equipment and available internal volume or external carrying capability.
Special-Mission: Search & Rescue (SAR)
Ability to locate and extract personnel from areas of potential harm or peril (i.e. downed airmen in the sea).
VIP Service
Used in the Very-Important-Person (VIP) passenger transport role, typically with above-average amenities and luxuries as standard.
Intelligence-Surveillance-Reconnaissance (ISR), Scout
Surveil ground targets / target areas to assess environmental threat levels, enemy strength, or enemy movement.


Length
32.5 ft
(9.90 m)
Width/Span
36.1 ft
(11.00 m)
Height
12.6 ft
(3.85 m)
Empty Wgt
3,814 lb
(1,730 kg)
MTOW
7,385 lb
(3,350 kg)
Wgt Diff
+3,571 lb
(+1,620 kg)
(Showcased structural values pertain to the MBB-Kawasaki BK 117 B-2 production variant)
Installed: 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.
Max Speed
155 mph
(250 kph | 135 kts)
Ceiling
15,010 ft
(4,575 m | 3 mi)
Range
336 mi
(540 km | 1,000 nm)
Rate-of-Climb
2,165 ft/min
(660 m/min)


♦ MACH Regime (Sonic)
Sub
Trans
Super
Hyper
HiHyper
ReEntry
RANGES (MPH) Subsonic: <614mph | Transonic: 614-921 | Supersonic: 921-3836 | Hypersonic: 3836-7673 | Hi-Hypersonic: 7673-19180 | Reentry: >19030


(Showcased performance specifications pertain to the MBB-Kawasaki BK 117 B-2 production variant. Compare this aircraft entry against any other in our database. View aircraft by powerplant type)
None.


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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