A129 Mangusta First prototype (EI901)

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Description: Back in 1978, the Italian company Agusta was developing a new attack helicopter after a request from the Italian army. The company initially took the A109 and tried to modify it, but it turned out that the platform was not able to offer the performance required, So Agusta started to design a completely new platform. The A129 became the first dedicated attack helicopter in Europe. The first prototype flew for the first time on September 15, 1983. All four remaining prototypes were completed between 1983 and 1986, with the last one flying for the first time in March 1986. The first order featured a total of 66 units, but later it was reduced to 60. Due to some delays, the first five units became operational only in 1990. The A129 received some upgrades and participated in a good number of war and special operations, but they are not the topic of this suggestion. This one was the first prototype (Classification: EI901). The main differences between this and the other variants in game, are less advanced avionics, different optics and AA missiles are not presemt (since they were introduced in the CBT upgrade).

Why it should be in the game: This heli in game can be very useful in the TT and since it will be less advanced than the CBT it will be at a lower BR.

Specifications:

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Main rotor diameter: 11.9 meters (39 feet)
Tail rotor diameter: 2.24 meters (7 feet 4 inches)
Fuselage length: 12.275 meters (40 feet 3 inches)
Footprint length: 14.29 meters (46 feet 11 inches)
Overall height: 3.35 meters (11 feet )
Empty weight: 2,520 kilograms (5,575 pounds)
MTO weight: 4,100 kilograms (9,040 pounds)
Max speed: 295 km/h
Hover ceiling (in ground effect): 3,705 meters (12,300 feet)
Combat radius: 100 kilometers (62 MI / 54 NMI)
Endurance: 3 hours
Engines, 2x Rolls-Roice Gem 2 MK1004D Turboshaft

Weapons:

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1x Lucas 12.7 mm Turret
2x FN M3P 12.7 mm machinegun pod
2x 12.7 mm machinegun pod
8x TOW C/D anty tank missile
8x AGM 114B Hellfire
4x AGM-65 Maverick
8x HOT 3 Missile
4x LR25 Orione rocket launcher
76x Hydra-70 M247 Rokets
4x Medusa 81 mm roket launcher
8x Tigrat missile

Sources

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AgustaWestland A129 Mangusta & Airbus Helicopter Tiger
https://www.helis.com/database/modelorg/Italian-Army-A129/cn
Agusta A129 Mangusta
https://www.oocities.org/capecanaveral/launchpad/5249/mangusta.htm
Agusta A-129 Mangusta Lightweight Attack Helicopter | MilitaryToday.com
Agusta A 129 Mangusta
AW-129 Mangusta - Militarypedia
Agusta A-129 “Mangusta” helicopter - development history, photos, technical data
Agusta A129 Mangusta - Wikipedia
https://www.breakoutcards.co.uk/agusta-a-129-mangusta---land-based---warplanes-collectors-club-card

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+1 gib made in italy heli !

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+1, didnt know the TRIGAT was able to be fitted on the A129

Trigat?

It was in the gallery, the trigat is also known as pars, which is what the german tiger uht has

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Ah ok, I didn’t even see It.