T-129 Attack Helicopter

T-129 Attack Helicopter

T-129 TAI/AgustaWestland is an attack helicopter currently under development for the Turkish Army. An enhanced version of the Agusta A129 Mangusta, the T-129’s development is now the responsibility of Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI), with AgustaWestland as the primary partner.

Role : Attack helicopter
National origin : Italy / Turkey
Manufacturer : TAI / AgustaWestland
First flight : 28 September 2009
Status : In development/flight testing
Primary user : Turkish Army
Developed from : Agusta A129 Mangusta

T-129 Specifications

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2 pilots
  • Length: 14.6 m (47 ft 11 in)
  • Rotor diameter: 11.90 m (39 ft 0 in)
  • Height: 3.4 m (11 ft 2 in)
  • Disc area: 111.22 m² (1,197.25 ft²)
  • Max takeoff weight: 5,000 kg (11,023 lb)
  • Powerplant: 2× LHTEC CTS800-4A turboshaft, 1,014 kW (1,361 shp) each
  • Rotor systems: 5 blades on main rotor

Performance

  • Cruise speed: 269 km/h (145 knots, 167 mph)
  • Range: 561 km (303 nmi, 341 mi)
  • Ferry range: 1,000 km (540 nmi, 620 mi)
  • Service ceiling: 6,096 m (20,000 ft)
  • Rate of climb: 14.0 m/s (2,750 ft/min)

Armament

  • Guns: 1× 20 mm (0.787 in) three-barrel gatling-type cannon (500 rounds)
  • 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 (0.50 in) machine gun-pod
  • Missiles:
    • 8× AGM-114 Hellfire, BGM-71 TOW, Hydra 70, Spike-ER, UMTAS, Roketsan Cirit anti-tank and anti-armor missiles and Sura D/Snora.
    • 4-8× AIM-92 Stinger or Mistral or AIM-9 Sidewinder anti-aircraft missiles.
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