A129 Mangusta Attack helicopter

A129 Mangusta Attack helicopter

Agusta A129 Mangusta is an attack helicopter originally designed and produced by Agusta in Italy. It was the first attack helicopter to be designed and produced wholly in Western Europe.

Role : Attack helicopter
National origin : Italy
Manufacturer : Agusta, AgustaWestland
First flight : 11 September 1983
Status : Active service
Primary user : Italian Army
Produced : 1980s-present
Number built : 60
Variants : TAI/AgustaWestland T-129

A129 Mangusta Specifications

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2: pilot and weapon systems officer
  • Length: 12.28 m (40 ft 3 in)
  • Rotor diameter: 11.90 m (39 ft 1 in)
  • Height: 3.35 m (11 ft 0 in)
  • Disc area: 111.22 m² (1,197.25 ft²)
  • Empty weight: 2,530 kg (5,575 lb)
  • Max takeoff weight: 4,600 kg (10,140 lb)
  • Powerplant: 2× Rolls-Royce Gem 2-1004D (license built by Piaggio) turboshafts, 664 kW (890 shp) each
  • Rotor systems: 4 blades on main rotor

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 278 km/h (148 knots, 170 mph)
  • Cruise speed: 229 km/h (135 knots, 155 mph)
  • Range: 510 km (275 nm, 320 mi)
  • Ferry range: 1,000 km (540 nm, 620 mi)
  • Service ceiling: 4,725 m (15,500 ft)
  • Rate of climb: 10.2 m/s (2,025 ft/min)

Armament

  • Guns: 1× 20 mm (0.787 in) three-barrel gatling-type cannon (500 rounds) (only CBT version)
  • Rockets:4 pods with
    • 38× 81 mm (3.19 in) unguided rockets or
    • 76× 70 mm (2.75 in) unguided rockets or
    • 12.7 mm machine gun-pod
  • Missiles:
    • 8× AGM-114 Hellfire or BGM-71 TOW anti-tank missiles
    • 4-8× AIM-92 Stinger or Mistral anti-aircraft missiles
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