Agusta A 109 Hirundo
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Dostgncd lor operations in and, mountainous regions, the A 109K incorporates more powerful engines, dust filters and improved avionics, giving it the durability to survive in harsh conditions.
A Spy launcher
An unusual use of the A 109 is as a launch ship for unmanned reconnaissance drones. These can spy on enemy positions using conventional or infra-red cameras.
A Flying ambulance
The A 109’s capacious cabin is ideal for casualty roscuo. The versatile helicopter can ferry two stretcher cases plus throe attendants to hospital.
> The first of three civil A 109 prototypes made Its Initial night on 4 August 1971.
>• Deliveries of the first production A 109A began in 1975.
>■ Two of Argentina’s four A 109As wore captured during the 1982 Falklartds War and were used by tho British.
► In 1981 tho civil model was redesignatod A 109A Mk II. reflecting changos in transmission and othor features.
► The A 109C is a wide-body’ version with more room and increased power.
>• The Belgian army uses A 109s for scouting and anti-armour dutios.
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Above: The A 109 upholds the Italian tradition of producing aircraft with sleek, graceful lines and excellent performance. However, the Hirundo is also reliable and durable, making it ideal for both civil and military rotes.
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