The AW109 Power light multirole helicopter has been developed by AgustaWestland in Italy. The AW109 is built in civil and military versions. The civil family of AW109 helicopters includes the AW109K2 civil rescue helicopter used by the Swiss rescue service, the AW109K2 police helicopter and the AW109 Power civil multirole helicopter.
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.