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MBB-Kawasaki BK 117


Light Utility Helicopter (LUH)


Germany | 1982



"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 | Last Edited: 09/24/2019 | Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com
Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one aircraft design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the MBB-Kawasaki BK 117 B-2 Light Utility Helicopter (LUH).
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.
Propulsion
155 mph
250 kph | 135 kts
Max Speed
15,010 ft
4,575 m | 3 miles
Service Ceiling
336 miles
540 km | 292 nm
Operational Range
2,165 ft/min
660 m/min
Rate-of-Climb
City-to-City Ranges
Operational range when compared to distances between major cities (in KM).
NYC
 
  LON
LON
 
  PAR
PAR
 
  BER
BER
 
  MOS
MOS
 
  TOK
TOK
 
  SYD
SYD
 
  LAX
LAX
 
  NYC
Structure
The nose-to-tail, wingtip-to-wingtip physical qualities of the MBB-Kawasaki BK 117 B-2 Light Utility Helicopter (LUH).
1
(MANNED)
Crew
32.5 ft
9.90 m
O/A Length
36.1 ft
(11.00 m)
O/A Width
12.6 ft
(3.85 m)
O/A Height
3,814 lb
(1,730 kg)
Empty Weight
7,385 lb
(3,350 kg)
MTOW
Design Balance
The three qualities reflected below are altitude, speed, and range. The more full the box, the more balanced the design.
RANGE
ALT
SPEED
Variants
Notable series variants as part of the MBB-Kawasaki BK 117 family line.
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
Operators
Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the MBB-Kawasaki BK 117. Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national aircraft listing.

Total Production: 443 Units

Contractor(s): Messerschmitt-Bolkow-Blohm (MBB) - West Germany / Kawasaki - Japan
National flag of Australia National flag of Canada National flag of Chile National flag of Colombia National flag of modern Germany National flag of Greece National flag of modern Japan National flag of New Zealand National flag of Peru National flag of Russia National flag of South Africa National flag of Spain National flag of Taiwan National flag of the United States

[ 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 ]
Relative Max Speed
Hi: 200mph
Lo: 100mph
Aircraft Max Listed Speed (155mph).

Graph Average of 150 MPH.
Era Crossover
Pie graph section
Pie graph section
Showcasing Aircraft Era Crossover (if any)
Max Alt Visualization
Small airplane graphic
Production Comparison
443
36183
44000
Entry compared against Ilyushin IL-2 (military) and Cessna 172 (civilian) total production.
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
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