Aircraft Data Sheet: Merlin HC MK 3 (1996)

Merlin HC MK 3
First flight: 24th December 1996
Rotor diameter: 18.59m/61ft 0ins
Length: 22.81m/74ft 10ins
Max weight: 14,288kg/31,500lb
Max speed: 309kph/167knots
Power: Three 2,100shp/1,565kW
Rolls Royce/Turbomeca RTM-322 turboshafts
Accommodation: Two crew and 26 troops.
No Built: In Production

The Merlin Mk 3 incorporates the ramp rear door configuration and is intended to provide a medium sized Battlefield Support helicopter for the Royal Air Force. Twenty-two aircraft are on order and Westland are the prime contractor.