AgustaWestland NV is an Anglo-Italian multinational helicopter design and manufacturing company, and a wholly owned subsidiary of Finmeccanica. It was formed in July 2000 when Finmeccanica and GKN merged their respective helicopter subsidiaries (Agusta and Westland Helicopters) to form AgustaWestland, with each holding a 50% share. Finmeccanica acquired GKN's stake in AgustaWestland in 2004.

The Italy-based Finmeccanica and the United Kingdom-based GKN first announced their intention to merge their respective helicopter subsidiaries, Agusta and Westland Helicopters, in March 1999.  Finmeccanica and GKN announced finalised terms for the merger in July 2000, which included a 50:50 ownership structure, and the payment of top-up fees to GKN to compensate for a disparity in profit levels between Agusta and Westland.

In January 2002, AgustaWestland announced that it would be cutting a total of 950 jobs in the United Kingdom and closing its factory in Weston-super-Mare, which carried out customer support work, as activity was concentrated at its main site in Yeovil.

On 26 May 2004, GKN confirmed that it had agreed to sell its share of AgustaWestland to Finmeccanica for £1.06 billion.  The sale was approved by the British government in October 2004.

AgustaWestland opened offices in Philadelphia in 2005, and won a contract to build the new presidential helicopter Marine One over the U.S. manufacturer Sikorsky Aircraft, but this program was canceled in 2009.  In November 2005 it was announced that AgustaWestland had agreed to acquire Bell Helicopter's 25 per cent interest in the AB139 medium twin helicopter program, and to increase its interest in the BA609 civil tiltrotor aircraft from 25 per cent to 40 per cent.

In June 2008, AgustaWestland and the Russia-based helicopter manufacturer Russian Helicopters agreed to form a new joint venture company to assemble AW139 helicopters in Russia.  Construction of a $50 million helicopter assembly facility in the town of Tomilino near Moscow began in June 2010.

In early 2010, AgustaWestland acquired PZL-Świdnik, a Polish helicopter manufacturer.

In September 2012, AgustaWestland and Northrop Grumman announced the signing of a comprehensive teaming agreement under which the companies will jointly bid for contracts to build the U.S. Air Force Combat Rescue helicopter and U.S. Navy's new "Marine One" presidential helicopter.


  • Agusta A129 Mangusta
    • TAI/AgustaWestland T-129
  • AgustaWestland EH101/AW101
    • AgustaWestland CH-149 Cormorant
    • Lockheed Martin VH-71 Kestrel (the cancelled VIP variant of the EH101 for the United States Marine Corps Marine One contract; a partnership with Lockheed Martin and Bell Helicopter)
  • AgustaWestland AW109
  • AgustaWestland AW119
  • AgustaWestland AW139 (originally a project of the Bell/Agusta Aerospace Company joint venture, now 100% owned by AgustaWestland; formerly designated as the AB139)
  • AgustaWestland AW149
  • AgustaWestland AW169
  • AgustaWestland AW189
  • AgustaWestland AW609 (originally a project of the Bell/Agusta Aerospace Company joint venture, now 100% owned by AgustaWestland, with Bell Helicopter continuing to participate in component design and certification; formerly designated as the BA609)
  • Westland Lynx
    • AgustaWestland AW159
  • AgustaWestland Project Zero
  • NHI NH90 (produced by NHIndustries, a joint venture between Eurocopter (62.5%), AgustaWestland (32%) and Fokker (5.5%))
  • PZL Świdnik products:
    • PZL W-3 Sokůł
    • PZL SW-4
  • Licensed production:
    • Agusta-Bell AB412
    • AgustaWestland Apache version of the Boeing AH-64 Apache (67 built for the British Army) production started under GKN-Westland

Source: Wikipedia