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Here’s Why The Eurocopter Tiger And Mangusta Are Among Europe’s Most Powerful Helicopters

Europe not only operates capable ASW military helicopters and excellent frigates, but also builds and deploys very powerful αttαck helicopters. The reason behind the European interest in αttαck helicopters is very obvious. The aerial spaces in the European territory are ideal for helicopter operations. Due to limited space between the nations, helicopters can perform even better than fighter and αttαck aircraft in some situations. Plus, αttαck helicopters and military helicopters, in general, can operate as multirole vehicles. At the moment, the very successful Eurocopter Tiger and the Italian A129 Mangusta are the most advanced αttαck helicopters that European nations have.

The Eurocopter Tiger

The Agusta A129 Mangusta is an αttαck helicopter. AgustaWestland designed and manufactured the helicopter. That’s a very important helicopter as it’s the first αttαck helicopter that was fully developed in the Europe. As for today, only the Italian Army and the Turkey army deploy the A129 Mangusta. Following cooperation between AgustaWestland and Turkey, the Turkish Aerospace Industries created the TAI/AgustaWestland T129 ATAK helicopter. The AW129 is the latest multirole cσmbat helicopter variant of the A129 Mangusta, that serves only the Italian Army. The aircraft has an overall length of 47 feet and a height of 11 feet. And because it’s all about the ωεɑρσռs on a cσmbat helicopter, let’s see what the AW129 has on it.

The αttαck helicopter can carry the Raytheon Stinger or Mistral air-to-air missiles. The exact Stinger missiles are the Stinger RMP block I missiles that gained their certification on the Italian army in 2003. There are two options for air-to-ground strikes: the Lockheed Martin Hellfire or the Raytheon TOW 2 missiles, but they can use a mix of both in a single mission. Agusta has also installed the HeliTOW system that launch the TOW2A missile. When it comes to ʀᴏᴄᴋᴇᴛs , the helicopter can launch both the typical NATO 70 mm ʀᴏᴄᴋᴇᴛs but also the 81 mm ʀᴏᴄᴋᴇᴛs for long range targets. There is a maximum capacity of four 81 mm ʀᴏᴄᴋᴇᴛ launchers. Last but not least, there is also a 20 mm three barrel Gatling-type turreted cannon on the aircraft with 500 rounds.

Why They Are The Most Dangerous In Europe

The two helicopters have a lot of similarities: they have a crew of two members—a pilot and a ωεɑρσռ system officer—they have similar cockpit and designs characteristics, are being used mainly by European armies, and they have proven their effectiveness many times in the real battle. Eurocopter Tiger and AW129 have shown their precision, survivability, and effectiveness in the battlefield as they have served with a great success in many missions throughout the years. Within the European borders, the two aircraft have really no competition when it comes to the most powerful and deadly αttαck helicopters.

For all the reasons mentioned, the Eurocopter Tiger and the AW129 Mangusta are the best of its kind among the European armies and can compete decently with competitors outside their continent. Between the two, the Eurocopter Tiger is a step above the Agusta helicopter mainly because of its greater armament options. Although, outside Europe, US dominates this field with the AH-64 Apache Guardian and the AH-1Z Viper sitting at the top of the world.