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Friday, January 23, 2015

Italian army describes Mangusta upgrade wish list

A129 MangustaThe Italian army is seeking an enhancement package for its AgustaWestland AH-129D Mangusta attack helicopter, which it hopes will be upgraded within five to six years.

Brig Gen Antonio Bettelli, commander of army aviation for the Italian army, told the International Military Helicopter conference in London that two options had been considered: to "exploit the current Mangusta" or acquire a new attack helicopter derived from the AW149.

“The risks related to the programme were considered too high and [with] the time requirements [we] dismissed the second option,” Bettelli says. “So we are now considering an upgrade of the 'Delta' option.”

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