A129 Mangusta

• European attack helicopter • Advanced systems • Highly versatile

Although originally basod on the A109A, the Mangusta eventually emerged as an all-new design. The result is Europe’s first dedicated all-weather day/night combat helicopter – a machine that can carry a wide range of weapons, withstand hits from

12.7- mm (.50-calibre) or even 23-mm shells and operate for up to 90 minutes at a time over a battle area 100 km (60 miles) from base. The Italian army operates the Mangusta as its primary anti-tank system.

Flying in primer ►

Подпись:Подпись:Подпись:Подпись:A129 MangustaFive prototypes wore built, of which this is tho third. This aircraft has the original nose profile and is not painted in the familiar grocn colour scheme.

▼ Anti-tank mission

For its primary anti-tank task the A129 carries eight TOW missiles in launchers on the outboard pylons, plus cither sovon – or 19-round rocket launchers on tho inboard stations.


► Plans Гог tho Mangusta were originally laid in the mid-1970s, but tho first aircraft did not fly until 11 Soptombor 1983.

► Development was further dolayed by funding problems for the HeliTOW sight

► A joint European project, known as Tonal, was to have been basod on the A129.

> A Lucas chin turret, with a 12.7-mm (.50 calibre) machine-gun. may be fitted, but it is not used by the Italian army.

>■ The British and Dutch armies bought the AH-64 in preference to tho Mangusta.

► Iran has shown interest in ordering an export version.

A129 Mangusta

A129 Mangusta

Type: ahtwgftt anti-armour hafccoptor

Powerplant: two 615 kW (625-hp > Rolls Royco Gem 2 MV 10040 turboshafts

Minimum speed: 315 vmh(195mphi Endurance: :i hours

Initial climb rale: 656 nVmm (2.1501 p m ) at sea level

Weights: empty 2529 kg (5.564 to) maximum take off 4100 kg (9.020 to)

Armament: ogM TOW or HOT or six Hettir» anti tank іпіг. зііоп on outer pylons, or two Sidewinder. Mistral. Javelin or Stinger a*-toui’ missikra In an air-to-or or escort rolo. plus two machine-gun or rocket pods on outer underwent pylons


main rotoi diameter 11.90 m (39 ft)

length 14.29 m (46 ft 10 in)

height 3.35 tn (11 It.)

rotor dec aroo 11 122гтУ (1.197 *q ft)


Abovo: A production standard Mangusta demonstrates the helicopter‘s revised nose contours


Right: Although fully armed, the second prototype did not represent the final production standard Current aircraft carry a Saab/ESCO HotiTOW sight abovo the nose.


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A129 Mangusta


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