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.


Data on design, manufacture and status

Design authority: AgustaWestland N.V.

Primary manufacturer: AgustaWestland N.V.

Parent type: AgustaWestland A129/AW129

Aircraft status: Operational


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)

Layout and Dimensions

Data on aircraft size

Overall Dimensions
Overall Height: 3.90 m 12.8 ft
Overall Length: 14.50 m 47.6 ft
Overall Width:  
Airframe Dimensions
Airframe Length: 12.45 m 40.8 ft
Airframe Width:  
Airframe Height:  
Landing Gear Dimensions
Landing Gear Base: 6.95 m 22.8 ft
Landing Gear Track: 2.20 m 7.2 ft
Cabin Dimensions
Cabin Internal Height:  
Cabin Internal Length:  
Cabin Internal Width:  

Weights and Performance

Data on aircraft weight and flight characteristics

Max Gross Weight (ground): 4,600 kg 10,141 lb
Max Gross Weight (airborne):  
Max Take-off Weight: 4,600 kg 10,141 lb
Empty Weight:  
Useful Load:  
Empty Weight Fraction:  
Climb Performance
Max Rate of Climb: 10 m/s 2,008 fpm
Hover Performance
Hover Ceiling IGE: 3,140 m 10,302 ft
Hover Ceiling OGE: 1,890 m 6,201 ft
Max Level Flight Speed:  
Never Exceed Speed:  
Service Ceiling: 4,725 m 15,502 ft
Range and Endurance
Max Range:  
Max Endurance:  

Engine Details

Aircraft powerplant (lift and/or propulsion)

Provided powerplant data is for uninstalled, sea level, static operations.

Number of engines: 2
Normal Ratings
Max continuous:  
Take-off / rated:  
OEI Ratings
OEI contingency:  
OEI continuous:  
OEI 30-second:  
OEI intermediate:  

Primary Lift Device

Data on primary lift devices such as main rotors

Main Rotor Characteristics
Diameter: 11.90 m 39.04 ft
Direction of Rotation: Unknown
Hub Type:  
Main Rotor Blade Characteristics
Blade Construction:
Blade Chord:  
Blade Tip Geometry:
Blade Twist:  
Number of Blades: 5
Main Rotor Derived Characteristics
Disc Area: 111.22 m² 1197.2 ft²
Disc Loading: 41.36 kg/m² 8.471 lb/ft²
Main Rotor Blade Derived Characteristics
Blade area per blade:  
Tip Speed:  

Primary Control Device

Data on primary control devices such as tail rotors

Tail Rotor Characteristics
Diameter: 2.50 m 8.20 ft
Configuration: Unknown
Direction of Rotation: Unknown
Tail Rotor Blade Characteristics
Number of Blades: 2
Blade Construction:  
Blade Chord:  
Blade Twist:  
Tail Rotor Derived Characteristics
Disc Area: 4.91 m² 52.8 ft²
Tail Rotor Blade Derived Characteristics
Tip Speed:  
Blade Area (per blade):  

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