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HIRUNDO A109 (AGUSTA)

Several military versions of the Hirundo A109 have been developed for army, naval, and patrol use. The four-blade main rotor is mounted on hump above the body midsection, while weapon-carrying platforms at bottom midsection. Two turboshaft engines are mounted on the top of the fuselage, with exhaust ports protruding upward and to the rear. The fuselage is rectangular with a flat belly and retractable landing gear and an upswept, tapered rear section.. The tapered, rounded nose section features a stepped cockpit. The swept-back and tapered tail fin with angular tip. Swept-back and tapered belly fin with angular tip. Small rotor on left side attached to the tapered tail boom.

Specifications

Country of OriginItaly
Role Utility, ECM, ambulance, scout, attack, air defense, antitank
Builder
Rotor diameter 36 ft (11.02 m)
Length 42 ft, 10 in (13.06 m)
Height
Weight 2.850 Kg
Engine
Maximum speed305 Km/h
Cruising speed 265 Km/h
Range 500 Km
Service Ceiling
Armament Machine guns, rockets, pods, HOT or TOW missiles
Crew One, two
Cost
User Countries Argentina, Greece, Italy, Mexico, UK, Venezuela

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