Aves, the A129 Mangusta has collected 10.000 hours of flight in Afghanistan

Aves, the A129 Mangusta has collected 10.000 hours of flight in Afghanistan

The Italian soldiers of Task Force 'Fenice' celebrated the results of the A129 Mangusta, which entered service in Herat back in 2007

The Italian Air Force’s A129 Mangusta helicopters reached an important goal: 7 years after being enlisted in Herat to support the ISAF mission (International Security Assistance Force), the aircrafts have eventually collected 10.000 hours of flight in the Afghan skies.

The Italian soldiers of Task Force ‘Fenice’, the helicopter squadron of the 7th Aves Vega Regiment from Rimini, celebrated the goal with Captain Giuseppe Potenza.

In Afghanistan, the Mangusta helicopters are mainly employed in reconnaissance and escort operations. In other words, they support the terrestrial units in critical situations and weather conditions: 100% of the A129’s missions have been carried out successfully until now.

Speaking about its technical data, the Mangusta is a light twin-engine helicopter powered by two Rolls-Royce Gem 2 turboshafts that, along with its reduced size and weight (2.5 tons of empty weight), enable it to reach a maximum speed of 158 knots. The A129 has a maximum takeoff weight of 4.600 kg, with a range of 316 miles. It is 13.31 meters long and 3.40 m high, and its rotor diameter is 11.90 meters.

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