The Agusta A129 Mangusta (English: Mongoose) is an attack helicopter originally designed and produced by Italian company Agusta.
Agusta A-129 Mangoose
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Design and development
The A129 Mangusta is the first European attack helicopter; as such it has several original aspects to its design, such as being the first helicopter to make use of a fully computerised integrated management system to reduce crew workload. It was decided that much of the helicopter's functionality was to be automated; as such, parts of the flight and armament systems are monitored and directly controlled by onboard computers. The A129 shares considerable design similarities to Agusta's earlier A109 utility helicopter; the rear section of the A129 was derived from the A109 and incorporated to an entirely new forward section.[The A129's fuselage is highly angular and armoured for ballistic protection; the composite rotor blades are also able to withstand hits from 23mm cannon fire. The two man crew, comprising a pilot and gunner, sit in a conventional tandem cockpit.
The A129 can be used in the anti-armour, armed reconnaissance, ground attack, escort, fire support and anti-aircraft roles. For the anti-ground mission the helicopter can employ various armaments, such as up to eight Hellfire missiles. In the air-to-air role, the FIM-92 Stinger missile was certified for use in 2003. The A129 can also be equipped with 81 mm or 70 mm (2.75 in) unguided rockets; a M197 three-barrel 20 mm cannon is also installed onto a nose-mounted Oto Melara TM-197B turret. By 2014, the Spike-ER, a fourth-generation anti-tank missile, had been added to the A129's arsenal.
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Agusta A-129 Mangoose
The Agusta A129 Mangusta (English: Mongoose) is an attack helicopter originally designed and produced by Italian company Agusta. It is the first attack helicopter to be designed and produced wholly in Europe. It has continued to be developed by AgustaWestland, the successor company to Agusta. The A129 has undergone several combat deployments since entering service with the Italian Army in the 1990s.
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Role VTOL corporate transport
National origin United States / Italy
Manufacturer Bell/Agusta Aerospace
First flight 6 March 2003
Introduction expected 2019
Status Under development / flight testing
Capacity: 6 to 9 passengers or 5,500 lb (2,500 kg) payload
Length: 13.4 m (44 ft 0 in)
Wingspan: 10 m (32 ft 10 in) (distance between prop-rotor centres)
Width: 18.3 m (60 ft 0 in) rotors turning
Height: 4.6 m (15 ft 1 in) to top of fin
Empty weight: 4,765 kg (10,505 lb)
Maximum speed: 509 km/h; 316 mph (275 kn)
Cruise speed: 509 km/h (316 mph; 275 kn) maximum
Range: 1,389 km (863 mi; 750 nmi) normal fuel + 2,500 kg (5,500 lb) payload at 463 km/h (288 mph; 250 kn)
Ferry range: 1,852 km (1,151 mi; 1,000 nmi)
Endurance: 3 hours with normal fuel
Service ceiling: 7,620 m (25,000 ft)
Hover Ceiling out of Ground Effect (HOGE): 1,525 m (5,003 ft)
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The Italian Army would receive a total of 60 A129 helicopters, deliveries of the type began in 1990. In 1999, AgustaWestland received a contract to produce the last batch of 15 A129s to the new combat CBT configuration; in late 2001, the Italian Army opted to have all of their A129s retrofitted to the improved A129 CBT standard. As of 2011, AgustaWestland plans to modify a total of 24 A129s to the new ARH-129D aerial reconnaissance standard and manufacture a further 24 new-built ARH-129Ds for the Italian Army
Agusta/Bell A.129 Mangoose
The Agusta A129 Mangusta (English: Mongoose) is an attack helicopter originally designed and produced by Italian company Agusta