In 1999 the Italian Army began converting A129s to the "Combat" (CBT) configuration. The A129CBT provides a greater range of armament than the A129, including TOW and AGM-114 Hellfire anti-armor missiles, Mistral/AIM-9 Sidewinder air-to-air missiles, and mixed-use rockets. Avionics and fire control electronics were also upgraded. Performance was also enhanced by addition of a new five-bladed main rotor and improved transmission.

Overview

Data on design, manufacture and status

Design authority: AgustaWestland N.V.

Primary manufacturer: AgustaWestland N.V.

Parent type: AgustaWestland A129/AW129

Aircraft status: Operational

Configuration

Primary flight and mechanical characteristics

VTOL type: Helicopter

Lift configuration: Single main rotor

Dedicated control device: Tail rotor

Crew required: 2

Crew seating: Tandem

Landing gear: Wheels (non-retractable)

Overall Dimensions

Data on aircraft size

Overall Height: 3.90 m (12.8 ft)

Overall Length: 14.50 m (47.6 ft)

Engine Details

Aircraft powerplant (lift and/or propulsion)

Total number of engines: 2

Weights and Performance

Data on aircraft weight and flight characteristics

Max Gross Weight (ground): 4600 kg (10141 lb)

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