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A129CBT
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Description

The A129CBT Mangusta is a rank VII Italian attack helicopter with a battle rating of 9.7 (AB/SB) and 10.0 (RB). It was introduced in Update "Hot Tracks".

General info

Flight performance

Max speed
at 1 000 m292 km/h
Max altitude5 400 m
Engine2 х Rolls-Royce GEM 2-1004D
Take-off weight5 t
A129CBT in flight

Outfitting the A129CBT with general payload options (Hellfires, rockets, air-to-air missiles) does not make the helicopter any slower than its adversaries, in fact at times you'll easily be one of the fastest helicopters on the battlefield. The A129CBT is able to do manoeuvres other helicopters can only dream about, even with full payload options. In Ground RB matches however, there should not be many times you'll have to move too much to avoid enemies. You are able to get good positions thanks to your speed, and, if done right, you will be able to dodge incoming missiles from enemy SPAA or jet aircraft.

Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 1,000 m)
Max altitude
(metres)
AB RB
Stock 269 253 5400
Upgraded 319 295

Survivability and armour

IRCM
Protects against IR-guided missiles
Crew2 people
Speed of destruction
Structural460 km/h
Gear420 km/h
A129CBT - Survivability

The A129CBT is not very survivable. Like many helicopters at its battle rating, it is prone to exploding into many pieces after a hit from a missile. It does have some armour on the cockpit area, but in battles that won't really protect you from anything you'll face. The A129CBT uses Kevlar boron carbide, a composite material which is limited only to instrument, floor and side panels around the cockpit. It does not provide the same level of protection as seen on other helicopters.

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB7 860 → 12 984 Sl icon.png
RB5 600 → 9 251 Sl icon.png
SB4 410 → 7 285 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications499 000 Rp icon.png
872 000 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost2 800 Ge icon.png
Crew training290 000 Sl icon.png
Experts1 020 000 Sl icon.png
Aces2 800 Ge icon.png
Research Aces1 080 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
150 / 250 / 360 % Sl icon.png
232 / 232 / 232 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
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Compressor
Research:
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Cost:
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Engine
Research:
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Cost:
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Replacing helicopter blades
Research:
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Cost:
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Flak jacket
Research:
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Cost:
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Helicopter frame
Research:
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Cost:
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NVD
Research:
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Cost:
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Cover
Research:
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Cost:
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FN HMP400 LCC
Research:
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Cost:
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HL-19-70
Research:
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Cost:
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Flares/Chaff
Research:
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Cost:
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IRCM
Research:
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Cost:
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FN RMP LC
Research:
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Cost:
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TOW
Research:
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Cost:
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AIM-92 Stinger
Research:
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Cost:
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t_160_belt_pack
Research:
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bmg50_belt_pack
Research:
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Cost:
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TOW-2
Research:
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Cost:
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ATAM
Research:
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Cost:
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bmg50_new_gun
Research:
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Cost:
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AGM-114
Research:
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Cost:
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AGM-114 2
Research:
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Cost:
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t_160_new_gun
Research:
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Cost:
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Armaments

Night vision devices
Improves visibility by enhancing natural light or active illumination.

Offensive armament

Ammunition750 rounds
Fire rate750 shots/min
Main article: M197 (20 mm)

The A129CBT is armed with:

  • 1 x 20 mm M197 cannon, nose-mounted ball turret (750 rpg)

Suspended armament

List of setups (63)
Setup 128 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
Setup 214 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
4 x BGM-71С Improved TOW missiles
Setup 376 x 70 mm Hydra-70 M247 rocket
Setup 42 x 12.7 mm FN M3P machine gun (ammunition: 1 000 rounds)
Setup 52 x 12.7 mm FN M3P machine gun (ammunition: 1 000 rounds)
6 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
Setup 62 x 12.7 mm FN M3P machine gun (ammunition: 1 000 rounds)
38 x 70 mm Hydra-70 M247 rocket
Setup 72 x 12.7 mm FN M3P machine gun (ammunition: 1 000 rounds)
6 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
38 x 70 mm Hydra-70 M247 rocket
Setup 84 x Mistral air-to-air missiles
38 x 70 mm Hydra-70 M247 rocket
Setup 94 x ATAS (AIM-92) missiles
38 x 70 mm Hydra-70 M247 rocket
Setup 102 x 12.7 mm FN M3P machine gun (ammunition: 1 000 rounds)
4 x Mistral air-to-air missiles
Setup 112 x 12.7 mm FN M3P machine gun (ammunition: 1 000 rounds)
4 x ATAS (AIM-92) missiles
Setup 122 x 12.7 mm FN M3P machine gun (ammunition: 1 000 rounds)
6 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
4 x Mistral air-to-air missiles
Setup 132 x 12.7 mm FN M3P machine gun (ammunition: 1 000 rounds)
6 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
4 x ATAS (AIM-92) missiles
Setup 142 x 12.7 mm FN M3P machine gun (ammunition: 1 000 rounds)
8 x BGM-71С Improved TOW missiles
Setup 152 x 12.7 mm FN M3P machine gun (ammunition: 1 000 rounds)
8 x BGM-71D TOW-2 missiles
Setup 162 x 12.7 mm FN M3P machine gun (ammunition: 1 000 rounds)
6 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
8 x BGM-71С Improved TOW missiles
Setup 172 x 12.7 mm FN M3P machine gun (ammunition: 1 000 rounds)
6 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
8 x BGM-71D TOW-2 missiles
Setup 188 x BGM-71С Improved TOW missiles
38 x 70 mm Hydra-70 M247 rocket
Setup 198 x BGM-71D TOW-2 missiles
38 x 70 mm Hydra-70 M247 rocket
Setup 204 x Mistral air-to-air missiles
14 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
Setup 214 x ATAS (AIM-92) missiles
14 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
Setup 222 x 12.7 mm FN M3P machine gun (ammunition: 1 000 rounds)
6 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
4 x AGM-114B Hellfire air-to-ground missiles
Setup 232 x 12.7 mm FN M3P machine gun (ammunition: 1 000 rounds)
4 x AGM-114B Hellfire air-to-ground missiles
Setup 244 x AGM-114B Hellfire air-to-ground missiles
38 x 70 mm Hydra-70 M247 rocket
Setup 252 x 12.7 mm FN M3P machine gun (ammunition: 1 000 rounds)
6 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
8 x AGM-114B Hellfire air-to-ground missiles
Setup 262 x 12.7 mm FN M3P machine gun (ammunition: 1 000 rounds)
8 x AGM-114B Hellfire air-to-ground missiles
Setup 278 x AGM-114B Hellfire air-to-ground missiles
38 x 70 mm Hydra-70 M247 rocket
Setup 282 x Mistral air-to-air missiles
4 x AGM-114B Hellfire air-to-ground missiles
38 x 70 mm Hydra-70 M247 rocket
Setup 292 x 12.7 mm FN M3P machine gun (ammunition: 1 000 rounds)
2 x Mistral air-to-air missiles
4 x AGM-114B Hellfire air-to-ground missiles
Setup 302 x 12.7 mm FN M3P machine gun (ammunition: 1 000 rounds)
6 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
2 x Mistral air-to-air missiles
4 x AGM-114B Hellfire air-to-ground missiles
Setup 312 x ATAS (AIM-92) missiles
4 x AGM-114B Hellfire air-to-ground missiles
38 x 70 mm Hydra-70 M247 rocket
Setup 322 x 12.7 mm FN M3P machine gun (ammunition: 1 000 rounds)
2 x ATAS (AIM-92) missiles
4 x AGM-114B Hellfire air-to-ground missiles
Setup 332 x 12.7 mm FN M3P machine gun (ammunition: 1 000 rounds)
6 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
2 x ATAS (AIM-92) missiles
4 x AGM-114B Hellfire air-to-ground missiles
Setup 342 x Mistral air-to-air missiles
2 x AGM-114B Hellfire air-to-ground missiles
38 x 70 mm Hydra-70 M247 rocket
Setup 352 x 12.7 mm FN M3P machine gun (ammunition: 1 000 rounds)
2 x Mistral air-to-air missiles
2 x AGM-114B Hellfire air-to-ground missiles
Setup 362 x 12.7 mm FN M3P machine gun (ammunition: 1 000 rounds)
6 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
2 x Mistral air-to-air missiles
2 x AGM-114B Hellfire air-to-ground missiles
Setup 372 x ATAS (AIM-92) missiles
2 x AGM-114B Hellfire air-to-ground missiles
38 x 70 mm Hydra-70 M247 rocket
Setup 382 x 12.7 mm FN M3P machine gun (ammunition: 1 000 rounds)
2 x ATAS (AIM-92) missiles
2 x AGM-114B Hellfire air-to-ground missiles
Setup 392 x 12.7 mm FN M3P machine gun (ammunition: 1 000 rounds)
6 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
2 x ATAS (AIM-92) missiles
2 x AGM-114B Hellfire air-to-ground missiles
Setup 402 x Mistral air-to-air missiles
4 x BGM-71С Improved TOW missiles
38 x 70 mm Hydra-70 M247 rocket
Setup 412 x Mistral air-to-air missiles
4 x BGM-71D TOW-2 missiles
38 x 70 mm Hydra-70 M247 rocket
Setup 422 x 12.7 mm FN M3P machine gun (ammunition: 1 000 rounds)
6 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
2 x Mistral air-to-air missiles
4 x BGM-71С Improved TOW missiles
Setup 432 x 12.7 mm FN M3P machine gun (ammunition: 1 000 rounds)
6 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
2 x Mistral air-to-air missiles
4 x BGM-71D TOW-2 missiles
Setup 442 x 12.7 mm FN M3P machine gun (ammunition: 1 000 rounds)
2 x Mistral air-to-air missiles
4 x BGM-71С Improved TOW missiles
Setup 452 x 12.7 mm FN M3P machine gun (ammunition: 1 000 rounds)
2 x Mistral air-to-air missiles
4 x BGM-71D TOW-2 missiles
Setup 462 x ATAS (AIM-92) missiles
4 x BGM-71С Improved TOW missiles
38 x 70 mm Hydra-70 M247 rocket
Setup 472 x ATAS (AIM-92) missiles
4 x BGM-71D TOW-2 missiles
38 x 70 mm Hydra-70 M247 rocket
Setup 482 x 12.7 mm FN M3P machine gun (ammunition: 1 000 rounds)
6 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
2 x ATAS (AIM-92) missiles
4 x BGM-71С Improved TOW missiles
Setup 492 x 12.7 mm FN M3P machine gun (ammunition: 1 000 rounds)
6 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
2 x ATAS (AIM-92) missiles
4 x BGM-71D TOW-2 missiles
Setup 502 x 12.7 mm FN M3P machine gun (ammunition: 1 000 rounds)
2 x ATAS (AIM-92) missiles
4 x BGM-71С Improved TOW missiles
Setup 512 x 12.7 mm FN M3P machine gun (ammunition: 1 000 rounds)
2 x ATAS (AIM-92) missiles
4 x BGM-71D TOW-2 missiles
Setup 522 x Mistral air-to-air missiles
2 x BGM-71С Improved TOW missiles
38 x 70 mm Hydra-70 M247 rocket
Setup 532 x Mistral air-to-air missiles
2 x BGM-71D TOW-2 missiles
38 x 70 mm Hydra-70 M247 rocket
Setup 542 x 12.7 mm FN M3P machine gun (ammunition: 1 000 rounds)
6 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
2 x Mistral air-to-air missiles
2 x BGM-71С Improved TOW missiles
Setup 552 x 12.7 mm FN M3P machine gun (ammunition: 1 000 rounds)
6 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
2 x Mistral air-to-air missiles
2 x BGM-71D TOW-2 missiles
Setup 562 x 12.7 mm FN M3P machine gun (ammunition: 1 000 rounds)
2 x Mistral air-to-air missiles
2 x BGM-71С Improved TOW missiles
Maximum number of loops have been performed
A129CBT missile rack fully loaded with AGM-114B Hellfire air-to-ground missiles

The A129CBT can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • Without load
  • 28 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
  • 14 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets + 4 x Mistral missiles
  • 14 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets + 4 x ATAS (AIM-92) missiles
  • 76 x Hydra-70 M247 rockets
  • 38 x Hydra-70 M247 rockets + 4 x Mistral missiles
  • 38 x Hydra-70 M247 rockets + 4 x ATAS (AIM-92) missiles
  • 38 x Hydra-70 M247 rockets + 4 x BGM-71C Improved TOW missiles
  • 38 x Hydra-70 M247 rockets + 4 x BGM-71D TOW-2 missiles
  • 38 x Hydra-70 M247 rockets + 8 x BGM-71C Improved TOW missiles
  • 38 x Hydra-70 M247 rockets + 8 x BGM-71D TOW-2 missiles
  • 38 x Hydra-70 M247 rockets + 4 x AGM-114B Hellfire missiles
  • 38 x Hydra-70 M247 rockets + 8 x AGM-114B Hellfire missiles
  • 38 x Hydra-70 M247 rockets + 2 x AGM-114B Hellfire missiles + 2 x Mistral missiles
  • 38 x Hydra-70 M247 rockets + 2 x AGM-114B Hellfire missiles + 2 x ATAS (AIM-92) missiles
  • 38 x Hydra-70 M247 rockets + 4 x AGM-114B Hellfire missiles + 2 x Mistral missiles
  • 38 x Hydra-70 M247 rockets + 4 x AGM-114B Hellfire missiles + 2 x ATAS (AIM-92) missiles
  • 38 x Hydra-70 M247 rockets + 2 x BGM-71C Improved TOW missiles + 2 x Mistral missiles
  • 38 x Hydra-70 M247 rockets + 2 x BGM-71D TOW-2 missiles + 2 x Mistral missiles
  • 38 x Hydra-70 M247 rockets + 2 x BGM-71C Improved TOW missiles + 2 x ATAS (AIM-92) missiles
  • 38 x Hydra-70 M247 rockets + 2 x BGM-71D TOW-2 missiles + 2 x ATAS (AIM-92) missiles
  • 38 x Hydra-70 M247 rockets + 4 x BGM-71C Improved TOW missiles + 2 x Mistral missiles
  • 38 x Hydra-70 M247 rockets + 4 x BGM-71D TOW-2 missiles + 2 x Mistral missiles
  • 38 x Hydra-70 M247 rockets + 4 x BGM-71C Improved TOW missiles + 2 x ATAS (AIM-92) missiles
  • 38 x Hydra-70 M247 rockets + 4 x BGM-71D TOW-2 missiles + 2 x ATAS (AIM-92) missiles
  • 2 x 12.7 mm FN M3P machine guns (500 rpg = 1,000 total)
  • 2 x 12.7 mm FN M3P machine guns + 6 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
  • 2 x 12.7 mm FN M3P machine guns + 38 x Hydra-70 M247 rockets
  • 2 x 12.7 mm FN M3P machine guns + 6 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets + 38 x Hydra-70 M247 rockets
  • 2 x 12.7 mm FN M3P machine guns + 4 x Mistral missiles
  • 2 x 12.7 mm FN M3P machine guns + 4 x ATAS (AIM-92) missiles
  • 2 x 12.7 mm FN M3P machine guns + 6 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets + 4 x Mistral missiles
  • 2 x 12.7 mm FN M3P machine guns + 6 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets + 4 x ATAS (AIM-92) missiles
  • 2 x 12.7 mm FN M3P machine guns + 4 x BGM-71C Improved TOW missiles
  • 2 x 12.7 mm FN M3P machine guns + 4 x BGM-71D TOW-2 missiles
  • 2 x 12.7 mm FN M3P machine guns + 6 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets + 4 x BGM-71C Improved TOW missiles
  • 2 x 12.7 mm FN M3P machine guns + 6 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets + 4 x BGM-71D TOW-2 missiles
  • 2 x 12.7 mm FN M3P machine guns + 8 x BGM-71C Improved TOW missiles
  • 2 x 12.7 mm FN M3P machine guns + 8 x BGM-71D TOW-2 missiles
  • 2 x 12.7 mm FN M3P machine guns + 6 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets + 8 x BGM-71C Improved TOW missiles
  • 2 x 12.7 mm FN M3P machine guns + 6 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets + 8 x BGM-71D TOW-2 missiles
  • 2 x 12.7 mm FN M3P machine guns + 4 x AGM-114B Hellfire missiles + 6 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
  • 2 x 12.7 mm FN M3P machine guns + 4 x AGM-114B Hellfire missiles
  • 2 x 12.7 mm FN M3P machine guns + 8 x AGM-114B Hellfire missiles + 6 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
  • 2 x 12.7 mm FN M3P machine guns + 8 x AGM-114B Hellfire missiles
  • 2 x 12.7 mm FN M3P machine guns + 2 x Mistral missiles + 2 x AGM-114B Hellfire missiles
  • 2 x 12.7 mm FN M3P machine guns + 2 x Mistral missiles + 2 x AGM-114B Hellfire missiles + 6 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
  • 2 x 12.7 mm FN M3P machine guns + 2 x ATAS (AIM-92) missiles + 2 x AGM-114B Hellfire missiles
  • 2 x 12.7 mm FN M3P machine guns + 2 x ATAS (AIM-92) missiles + 2 x AGM-114B Hellfire missiles + 6 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
  • 2 x 12.7 mm FN M3P machine guns + 2 x Mistral missiles + 4 x AGM-114B Hellfire missiles
  • 2 x 12.7 mm FN M3P machine guns + 2 x Mistral missiles + 4 x AGM-114B Hellfire missiles + 6 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
  • 2 x 12.7 mm FN M3P machine guns + 2 x ATAS (AIM-92) missiles + 4 x AGM-114B Hellfire missiles
  • 2 x 12.7 mm FN M3P machine guns + 2 x ATAS (AIM-92) missiles + 4 x AGM-114B Hellfire missiles + 6 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
  • 2 x 12.7 mm FN M3P machine guns + 2 x Mistral missiles + 2 x BGM-71C Improved TOW missiles
  • 2 x 12.7 mm FN M3P machine guns + 2 x Mistral missiles + 2 x BGM-71D TOW-2 missiles
  • 2 x 12.7 mm FN M3P machine guns + 2 x Mistral missiles + 2 x BGM-71C Improved TOW missiles + 6 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
  • 2 x 12.7 mm FN M3P machine guns + 2 x Mistral missiles + 2 x BGM-71D TOW-2 missiles + 6 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
  • 2 x 12.7 mm FN M3P machine guns + 2 x Mistral missiles + 4 x BGM-71C Improved TOW missiles
  • 2 x 12.7 mm FN M3P machine guns + 2 x Mistral missiles + 4 x BGM-71D TOW-2 missiles
  • 2 x 12.7 mm FN M3P machine guns + 2 x Mistral missiles + 4 x BGM-71C Improved TOW missiles + 6 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
  • 2 x 12.7 mm FN M3P machine guns + 2 x Mistral missiles + 4 x BGM-71D TOW-2 missiles + 6 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
  • 2 x 12.7 mm FN M3P machine guns + 2 x ATAS (AIM-92) missiles + 2 x BGM-71C Improved TOW missiles
  • 2 x 12.7 mm FN M3P machine guns + 2 x ATAS (AIM-92) missiles + 2 x BGM-71D TOW-2 missiles
  • 2 x 12.7 mm FN M3P machine guns + 2 x ATAS (AIM-92) missiles + 2 x BGM-71C Improved TOW missiles + 6 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
  • 2 x 12.7 mm FN M3P machine guns + 2 x ATAS (AIM-92) missiles + 2 x BGM-71D TOW-2 missiles + 6 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
  • 2 x 12.7 mm FN M3P machine guns + 2 x ATAS (AIM-92) missiles + 4 x BGM-71C Improved TOW missiles
  • 2 x 12.7 mm FN M3P machine guns + 2 x ATAS (AIM-92) missiles + 4 x BGM-71D TOW-2 missiles
  • 2 x 12.7 mm FN M3P machine guns + 2 x ATAS (AIM-92) missiles + 4 x BGM-71C Improved TOW missiles + 6 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
  • 2 x 12.7 mm FN M3P machine guns + 2 x ATAS (AIM-92) missiles + 4 x BGM-71D TOW-2 missiles + 6 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets

Usage in battles

Ground RB

The A129CBT is a great helicopter for its battle rating and is effective both in downtiers and uptiers. For Ground RB, it is recommended you bring in a light vehicle able to scout, with access to the "Air strike" modification. This will mean that once you have captured a point, and scouted a vehicle, you'll be able to get into the helicopter with Hellfires straight away if you happen to get knocked out early. This is the best strategy as if you manage to pull it off inside a match that has only just started, you will likely surprise unsuspecting enemies who might think it's still to early to worry about enemy aircraft.

A129CBT - Weapons

For Ground RB, you have two options:

With enough spawn points, you can bring Hellfire missiles, the best overall loadout for the A129CBT. With the Hellfires, you'll easily be able to pick off players from a distance. If spawning in during the early minutes of a match, the Hellfires will be a dangerous weapon for pretty much any enemy vehicle you'll be able to track. If you run out of Hellfires during your match, it is advised you return to base to rearm. If not, and you haven't had the chance to use your rocket pods yet, utilize them whilst still being useful to your team. With rockets, you'll need to stay low to avoid any incoming SPAA or, if there are no SPAA, fly above the battlefield and take out priority targets. Usually, sticking behind mountains or tree lines will suffice. This should not pose a challenge as the A129CBT has access to the ballistic computer. You'll need to quickly scan, engage, and then disengage. If you feel as if you are still able to fight, you still have access to your main 20 mm cannon, which is effective against soft targets and Western MBTs.

For a first spawn, you can bring the AIM-92 Stingers or Mistral air-to-air missiles and Hydra-70 M247 rockets, or a full load of Hydra-70s. Do keep in mind that the A129CBT flies a bit sluggish with the full rocket load compared to the AAMs and half rocket load for obvious reasons. You won't be as manoeuvrable whilst bringing a full rocket load, so you must be sure that you can score multiple frags with them and the ballistic computer. This is where bringing air-to-air missiles comes into play. AAMs are great for destroying enemy first-spawn helicopters and enemies on CAS duty if you survive until the middle of the match. The Mistrals were once inadequate against helicopters, specifically Russian ones, that were the most common in matches before their respective BR increases. Since the Mi-28N and the Ka-52 now reside at 11.0, it's physically impossible to face them unless you put a 10.0 vehicle in your lineup. These helicopters were the reason Mistrals weren't effective; they were the most common and deadly helicopters, and they were quite modern as well, as these helicopters had MAW systems on board. This meant that, upon firing a Mistral at them, dozens of flares and chaff would spit out of the side of their helicopters, leading your missile off-course, whereas with a Stinger, they wouldn't do that, as they're more resistant to countermeasures than the Mistral. However, the Stingers pull less than the Mistral, and against aircraft, you'd have to shoot a Stinger when an aircraft was in a straight line. With the Mistral however, you can just fire them and the nimble 12G missile is on its way to score you yet another air frag. And since the Mi-28N and the Ka-52 are 11.0, the main drawback of the Mistrals were eliminated. The only enemy you can still face with MAW systems on board is the Ka-50, but since most of their pilots sit back in a comfortable spot far away with Vikhrs, you won't attain a missile lock on them at range anyways.

A129CBT firing an AIM-92 Stinger AAM

38 rockets are more than enough if you are precise with the ballistic computer. You have 19 clicks - 19 shots to destroy the enemy with 38 rockets. With enough precision, especially accounting for the ballistic computer, that could be 19 frags. With 38 rockets, you'll be more manoeuvrable compared to a full rocket load, as well as have an early anti-air capability for your team if there are no first-spawn SPAAs on your team. This is a great way to deter all helicopters, and later, CAS jets like the A-4B, A-4E Early, G.91 R/4 (Germany), and others.

The tactical part

All of this unearths a new playstyle for the A129CBT: playing tactically. You can bide your time and shoot down enemy CAS jets and helicopters that may spawn both early and later in the match, or you can fly around terrain, even capturing zones, supporting a team to a strategic point, and destroying ground targets with the sizable amount of Hydras on board the helicopter. The A129CBT is very functional when supporting allied ground units right on top of them.

One strategy is to actually take a capture point yourself. For example, in Domination matches with three capture points, the amount of enemies at each capture point is rarely balanced evenly. This leaves you to attack the capture point with the least amount of enemies and potentially capture the point yourself if the enemies are eradicated from said point and there are no nearby enemies to fire at you. Long range maps like Maginot Line and Fields of Poland are great for this. It is best to do this on long range maps, but this is doable in close range/urban matches if the player amount is small during that match or the capture point has a lot of cover for you to hide behind while capturing.

A129CBT - Flying above the battlefield searching for priority targets. This is a great example of what is described here.

Make sure not to put yourself into the fray and crosshairs of half the enemy team while close to the ground. To avoid this, fly up a bit as soon as you spawn. If you are prompted with a laser warning and you know it's an SPAA, dive while firing countermeasures and lower your collective to prevent a crash at low altitude. Usually, a laser warning means an MBT is pointing a laser at you, which isn't much of a threat. If not, you can utilize the thermal sight to determine where most of the enemy team is going and where they will be, if there are any SPAAs that haven't spotted you yet, and who will be the knot in your team's battle on the ground (for instance, an MBT in a sniper spot or a M3A3 Bradley in a hull down position.)

While you're up there, try to plot a route where you can engage while taking as minimal fire as possible, while also setting yourself a priority target like an SPAA, an MBT in a good position, or a group of light tanks/MBTs going to one area. Then, fly back down to the safety of the terrain and initiate your attack or stay high up if you haven't been spotted by enemy tanks. There are both advantages and disadvantages for flying high and low, and choosing which way to fly is usually map dependent.

When flying high, you are able to see the battlefield and identify priority targets for both you and your team. You can initiate SPAA duels if enemy SPAAs happen to spawn first or mark nearby enemies for teammates and squadmates. Diving back down low gets you to the helicopter's cruising speed of around 230-250 km/h, where you can initiate your attack run and you are able to destroy tanks of all types with the turret alone (top-down) once directly above the battlefield. Staying up at altitude with a turret is not a bad strategy at all. It's a great way to spot enemies for your teammates as well as get assists if you'd like to spawn in an aircraft afterwards.

The downsides are that you run the risk of being spotted by the entire enemy team. There is also no radar clutter for the enemy SPAAs and diving back down can result in crashing.

A129CBT firing the cannon

On the other hand, flying low gives you the element of surprise and keeps you safe from potential SPAAs. You're also able to retreat faster as the helicopter is usually at maximum speed. However, crashing is more likely and entering the battlefield will have you subjected to a hail of bullets. If you bleed all of your speed in a turn, you will be a sitting duck and finding good targets is way harder while flying at 230 km/h just a few feet off the ground through a warzone.

With enough practice (and rockets), you can even clear out groups of light tanks rushing the capture points early in the game at range. Sniping can be applied to soft targets as well. However, it is advised that you avoid sniping MBTs unless absolutely necessary as it is seen as a waste of rockets as they can take more hits than light targets. It is best to only fire rockets at immediate threats like SPAAs.

Sometimes the enemy SPAA isn't an SPAA at all. Enemy IFVs and tanks like the Leopard 2K and the AMX-40 will proudly take the role of an SPAA if one didn't spawn early on their team. This is what you need to watch out for. While flying above the battlefield, 20 mm autocannon fire and well-placed shots with ATGMs is nothing to sneeze at. Make sure to always stay vigilant against these types of tanks. The turret is more than enough to deal with the light targets like the M3A3 Bradley or the Type 89, but the bigger targets like the Leopard 2K may need some Hydras down range to take out swiftly if you aren't high above them already.

In Arcade Assault, you won't have to worry about going back to base to reload your weapons as they will automatically replenish once every munition has been expended. It's recommended you bring either Hellfires + rockets, or rockets + air-to-air missiles, or a full loadout of rockets. A full rocket load is also a good choice because the rockets fire individually, meaning you can clear out entire rows of enemy tanks and greatly benefit your fight towards victory.

Helicopter Battles

When playing helicopter battles, your best shot at staying alive and being effective is to bring a load-out of air-to-air missiles and rockets. The air-to-air missiles should be used against the more dangerous helicopters like the Ka-50. They can be easily taken down, and considering that you have 4 missiles at your disposal, that is a potential of 4 easy kills. With rockets, you'll be able to take out ground AI targets. Usually, they will take 1 or 2 shots at minimum to destroy. Rockets are also quite effective in close range as a last ditch effort to come out on top when fighting a 1-vs-1. Your main 20 mm cannon is an absolute monster in this mode. Here you'll be able to easily get kills with it. It does overheat however, so shoot with moderation and pick your targets whilst keeping any other nearby enemies in mind.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Very good and in most cases, unmatched manoeuvrability
  • Good speed
  • Deadly 20 mm autocannon
  • Can carry AIM-92 Stinger or Mistral air-to-air missiles
  • Very effective anti-tank capabilities
  • Has access to countermeasures and a ballistic computer

Cons:

  • Fragile, cannot tank as many hits as its counterparts
  • Armament is lacklustre compared to other helicopters
  • Air-to-air missiles launch downwards

History

The story of the A129 Mangusta "Combat", (also known as A129 ESS, A129 CBT and A129 Mangusta) began during the late stages of the Cold War. The helicopter began to be developed at the request of the Italian Army, whom saw the need to equip its air units with a dedicated attack helicopter with anti-tank capabilities. The A129 was the first dedicated attack helicopter fully designed and built in Western Europe. Its project began in 1978 and its final project was ready only in 1982. The A129 made its first official maiden flight on the 15th of September of 1983, at the Agusta company Cascina-Costa facilities. The flight lasted about 30 minutes. Agusta pilots were extremely happy with the results, and went on record and said that the helicopter had great handling. They had previously only performed shake down flights twice prior to the first official flight. It was given the name Mangusta by the Italian army and Agusta employees. This name was mainly chosen due to the fact that the A129 was a direct competitor of the Bell A-1 Cobra that at that time rivaled the Agusta project. (The mongoose is known for its ease in killing poisonous snakes).

One of the many characteristics that pushed the A129 Mangusta was also how versatile it was. It was able to carry many types of weapons, such as Hellfires, BGM-TOW, anti-tank missiles, Mistral/Stinger air-to-air missiles, 81 mm Medusa rockets, 70 mm Hydra rockets, and much more. At the time, the first variants of the A129 had access to the latest avionics, and incorporated both day and night capabilities and also was able to be used in bad weather, where there is low visibility. The testing and evaluation program lasted until mid-1987, when a production contract would be signed for that model, that would later generate several different variants during its career. That early version would only ever be seen with BGM TOW ATGM's and rockets. However, more armament options would be able to be fitted if needed.

Later down the line, Agusta had generated a lot of interest for this type of helicopter, so they developed a newer version of the A129 Mangusta in line with export market specifications and needs. This new version of the A129 would go under the designation A129 "International". The International went through several variations, each version had different armaments and engines fitted, such as one having access to the T800 engine, and different types of thermal imaging sights, a .50 cal turret, an enclosed 20 mm cannon, or what is now staple of the A129CBT, the 20 mm M197 three-barrel Gatling-type rotary cannon.

No country had decided to pick up the A129 International, however in 1986, the governments of Italy, Netherlands, Spain and the UK signed a memorandum of understanding to develop an improved version of the A129, called the Joint European Helicopter. The memorandum called for the installation of more powerful engines, a new rotor system, retractable landing gear, better sensors, and more powerful weaponry, but the project collapsed in 1990, when Great Britain and the Netherlands decided to buy the American AH-64 Apache, while Spain opted for the joint made French-German Eurocopter Tiger. This however was not the end of the A129 International. Although it was not bought, everything that had been learned from that version of the helicopter would actually be re-utilized for an upgrade for the Italian Army's A129s. This lead to what we know as the A129 Mangusta "Combat" or "CBT" for short. The CBT was an updated version for the Italian Army, incorporating the same advances of the International version, A-129, where the avionics were modernized and the motorization kept original with Rolls Royce Gem 2-1004D's that produced a maximum unit power of 1120 HP. The Italian Army CBTs would be used in many theaters of war, such as in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Italian Army CBTs did not go out of service. Instead, another upgrade program was made which gave birth to the A129 Mangusta "Delta". The Delta was presented in 2011. The "D" variant improves the armament and optics of the Mangusta, incorporating Israeli-made Spike fire-and-forget ATGMs. The A129 Delta will then go out of service and be replaced with an entirely new helicopter, called the A249.

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The modern A.129 attack helicopter is successfully used by the Italian armed forces, as well as by a number of foreign operators. The helicopter has excellent flight characteristics, outstanding speed and superb manoeuvrability. The CBT modification was created from combat experience in modern armed conflicts. The Mangusta is armed with a 20 mm autocannon and carries a good arsenal of unguided and guided weapons, including Stinger air-to-air missiles and Hellfire II ATGMs.

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Agusta
Attack  AB 205 A-1* · A.109EOA-2 · A-129 International (p) · A129CBT
Export  HKP3C
See Also  Bell Aircraft Corporation
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Italy helicopters
Utility  AB 205 A-1 · A.109EOA-2
Attack  A-129 International (p) · A129CBT