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The Agusta A129 Mangusta (English: Mongoose) is an attack helicopter originally designed and produced by Italian company Agusta.

Agusta A-129 Mangoose

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.[6] 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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  • History

    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

  • General Info

    Crew: 2

    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)



  • Performance

    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.[4][7] 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.[22] 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

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The Agusta A129 Mangusta (English: Mongoose) is an attack helicopter originally designed and produced by Italian company Agusta


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