The AW109 was originally developed as an ambulance and rescue helicopter to operate in mountainous regions of Switzerland.

The helicopter can fly from critically situated landing spots in adverse climates and from roof helipads in densely populated areas.

The AW109 Power first flew in 1995 and entered service in 1997. More than 470 have been ordered by more than 50 countries worldwide for police, EMS (emergency medical services), VIP / corporate and military applications.