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== Description ==
 
== Description ==
 
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The A109 is a rank VI Italian attack helicopter at battle-rating 9.0. It was introduced in [[Update "Hot Tracks"]].
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=== Pros and cons ===
 
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'''Pros:'''
 
'''Pros:'''
  
* Helicopter can be equipped with x4 TOW anti-tank missile launchers
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* Can be equipped with 4 x TOW anti-tank missile launchers
 
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* Considerably faster than its counterparts
* Is considerably faster than its counterparts
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* Very responsive, usually able to manoeuvre with ease  
 
 
* Very responsive, usually able to make maneuvers with ease  
 
 
 
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'''Cons:'''
 
'''Cons:'''
  
* Lacks any form of counter-measures
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* Lacks any form of countermeasures
 
 
 
* Only has access to night vision devices, no thermal imaging.
 
* Only has access to night vision devices, no thermal imaging.
 
 
* Not very survivable
 
* Not very survivable
 
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== History ==
 
== History ==
 
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During the 1960's Agusta was looking to break through the export market by designing the A109, mainly intended for commercial use and a civilian market, would be also later during development be tailored to the military market. It was re-designed in 1969 as there was a need for twin engine to actually compete with other contenders, this lead to the A109 to be fitted with 2 Allison 250-C14 turbo shaft engines. From December ’68 until September ’69 at least 10 separate possible configurations were worked out. Which later on (in fact 19 September 1969) lead to the first three of the prototypes to be constructed because of the necessity of carrying out flight tests. In 1971 the A109 took its first maiden flight which yielded great results for the machine. What they had found out was encouraging both in regards the reduction of vibration and handling qualities, and the overall advantage achieved by adopting an articulated four blade rotor. What was also promising would be in the area of noise abatement, for which a markedly tapered leading edge of the blade tip section had been designed. Testing was halted due to a minor accident that occurred but quickly resumed in 1972 due to the demand and interest of many countries. Then finally, in 1973 the first ever Military prototype was presented with all of its possibile configurations, which officially changed the vehicle from being centered only for civilian use, and allowed it to gain the reputation of also being centered around it being used for military purposes. Many tests were conducted on the military versions of the A109, the first set of armaments being equipped on them being Hughes Aircraft-built anti tank TOW missiles. The A109 would also be tested with a wide variety of rockets, machine guns and anything that could be installed on the machine. Mainly between 1976 and 1977 the tests that were conducted allowed 2 different military variants to emerge, them being one for light attack/close support missions and the other for shipboard operations. Once Agusta was more than happy that their helicopters were ready to be exported, many civilian versions of this aircraft started being exported around the globe, mainly in the middle east and africa. In Italian service the Italian Army obtained the A109CM as the "A109EOA" utility / scout helicopter, with "EOA" standing for "Elicottero d'Osservazione Avanzata". They mainly wanted to have access to this helicopter to put out of service the very old Agusta-Bell helicopters that at the time were also used in a sort of multi-role aspect. In Italian service, the A109 was able rockets, various ATGM's, and gun pods. The launchers the A109 carried allowed for the installation of TOW, ITOW, TOW2 and TOW2A missiles. Other armament included a 12.7mm general purpose door mounted machine gun, mounted on both sides of the helicopter, allowing the vehicle to be very versatile and potent. Older variants of the A109 usually lacked any form of countermeasures, but would be installed in future variants of the helicopter. It would be in service for a very long time, and was liked by the people who operated the vehicle. Some export variants of the A109 include things such as the A109BA, which was exported to Belgium, it had access to similar armaments, but would be equipped with x8 TOW launcher instead of the x4 one in service with Italy. Currently 32 additional countries are using the A109 either in civilian or military configurations, and till this day keeps on being in service and continues to be upgraded to not lag behind other countries' types of helicopters.
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During the 1960s, Agusta was looking to break through the export market by designing the A109. Mainly intended for commercial use and a civilian market, it would be also later be tailored during development to the military market. It was redesigned in 1969 as there was a need for twin engines to actually compete with other contenders: this lead to the A109 to be fitted with 2 Allison 250-C14 turboshaft engines. From December 1968 until September 1969, at least 10 separate possible configurations were worked out. This lead to construction of the first three of the prototypes to carry out flight tests. In 1971, the A109 made its first maiden flight which yielded great results for the machine. The test flight was encouraging both in regards the reduction of vibration and handling qualities, and the overall advantage achieved by adopting an articulated four-blade rotor. Noise abatement was also promising, with an especially designed markedly tapered leading edge of the blade tip section. Testing was halted following a minor accident but quickly resumed in 1972 with to the demand and interest of many countries. Finally, in 1973, the first ever military prototype was presented along with its possibile configurations, This officially changed the vehicle from being centered only for civilian use, and allowed it to gain the reputation of also being for military purposes. Many tests were conducted on the military versions of the A109, the first set of armaments being equipped on them were Hughes Aircraft-built anti-tank TOW missiles. The A109 was also tested with a wide variety of rockets, machine guns and any weaponry that could be installed on the machine. Between 1976 and 1977, the tests that were conducted allowed 2 different military variants to emerge, one of them being for light attack/close support missions and the other one for shipboard operations. Once Agusta's helicopter was ready, many civilian versions of this aircraft started being exported around the globe, mainly in the Middle East and Africa. In Italy, the Army obtained the A109CM as the "A109EOA" utility/scout helicopter, with "EOA" standing for "Elicottero d'Osservazione Avanzata". This helicopter's entry into service helped put out of service the very old Agusta-Bell helicopters that were, at the time, still used in a multi-role aspect. In Italian service, the A109 was able to carry rockets, various ATGMs, and gunpods. The launchers installed on the A109 allowed for the installation of TOW, ITOW, TOW2 and TOW2A missiles. Other armaments included 12.7 mm general purpose door-mounted machine guns on both sides of the helicopter, allowing the vehicle to be very versatile and well-defended. Initial variants of the A109 usually lacked any form of countermeasures, but would be installed in more modern variants of the helicopter. It was in service for a very long time, and was liked by the people who operated the vehicle. Some export variants of the A109 included special options such as the A109BA, which was exported to Belgium, equipped with 8 x TOW launcher instead of the 4 x one in service in Italy. Currently, 32 additional countries are using the A109 either in civilian or military configurations. The A109 keeps on being in service and continues to be upgraded to not lag behind other countries' types of helicopters till this day.
  
 
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Revision as of 19:09, 25 May 2021

Rank VI | Premium | Golden Eagles
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A.109EOA-2
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A.109EOA-2
AB RB SB
9.3 9.0 9.3
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Description

The A.109EOA-2 is a rank VI Italian attack helicopter with a battle rating of 9.3 (AB/SB) and 9.0 (RB). It was introduced in Update "Hot Tracks".

General info

Flight performance

Max speed
at 1 000 m280 km/h
Max altitude5 400 m
Engine2 х Allison 250-C20R1
Take-off weight3 t

Describe how the helicopter behaves in the air. Speed, manoeuvrability, acceleration and allowable loads - these are the most important characteristics of the vehicle.

Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 1,000 m)
Max altitude
(metres)
AB RB
Stock 256 239 5400
Upgraded ___ ___

Survivability and armour

Crew2 people
Speed of destruction
Structural420 km/h
Gear420 km/h

Examine the survivability of the helicopter. Note how vulnerable the structure is and how secure the pilot is, whether the fuel tanks are armoured, etc. Describe the armour, if there is any, and also mention the vulnerability of other critical systems.

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB1 660 → 2 272 Sl icon.png
RB2 900 → 3 970 Sl icon.png
SB3 100 → 4 243 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications289 000 Rp icon.png
855 000 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost2 600 Ge icon.png
Crew training290 000 Sl icon.png
Experts1 000 000 Sl icon.png
Aces2 400 Ge icon.png
Research Aces950 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
160 / 300 / 340 % Sl icon.png
220 / 220 / 220 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
Mods jet compressor.png
Compressor
Research:
19 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
56 000 Sl icon.png
320 Ge icon.png
Mods jet engine.png
Engine
Research:
18 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
53 000 Sl icon.png
300 Ge icon.png
Mods cd 98 main rotor.png
Replacing helicopter blades
Research:
18 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
53 000 Sl icon.png
300 Ge icon.png
Mods heli flak jacket.png
Flak jacket
Research:
19 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
56 000 Sl icon.png
320 Ge icon.png
Mods heli structure.png
Helicopter frame
Research:
22 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
65 000 Sl icon.png
370 Ge icon.png
Mods night vision device.png
NVD
Research:
18 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
53 000 Sl icon.png
300 Ge icon.png
Mods armor cover.png
Cover
Research:
47 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
140 000 Sl icon.png
790 Ge icon.png
Mods gunpods.png
FN HMP400 LCC / LTC.
Research:
19 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
56 000 Sl icon.png
320 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 1.png
Mods ammo.png
bmg50_belt_pack
Research:
22 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
65 000 Sl icon.png
370 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 1.png
Mods atgm heli preset.png
TOW
Research:
22 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
65 000 Sl icon.png
370 Ge icon.png
Mods rocket gun.png
FN RMP LC / LTC
Research:
18 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
53 000 Sl icon.png
300 Ge icon.png
Mods weapon.png
bmg50_new_gun
Research:
47 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
140 000 Sl icon.png
790 Ge icon.png

Armaments

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

Suspended armament

List of setups (9)
Setup 128 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
Setup 22 x 12.7 mm FN M3P machine gun (ammunition: 1 000 rounds)
Setup 32 x 12.7 mm FN M3P machine gun (ammunition: 1 000 rounds)
6 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
Setup 42 x 12.7 mm FN M3P machine gun (ammunition: 1 000 rounds)
14 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
Setup 52 x 12.7 mm FN M3P machine gun (ammunition: 1 000 rounds)
6 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
14 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
Setup 64 x BGM-71С Improved TOW missiles
Setup 74 x BGM-71С Improved TOW missiles
14 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
Setup 82 x 12.7 mm FN M3P machine gun (ammunition: 1 000 rounds)
4 x BGM-71С Improved TOW missiles
Setup 92 x 12.7 mm FN M3P machine gun (ammunition: 1 000 rounds)
6 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
4 x BGM-71С Improved TOW missiles

The A.109EOA-2 can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • 28 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
  • 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 + 14 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
  • 2 x 12.7 mm FN M3P machine guns + 20 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
  • 4 x BGM-71C Improved TOW missiles
  • 4 x BGM-71C Improved TOW missiles + 14 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets
  • 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-71C Improved TOW missiles + 6 x FFAR Mighty Mouse rockets

Usage in battles

Describe the tactics of playing in a helicopter, the features of using the helicopter in a team and advice on tactics. Refrain from creating a "guide" - do not impose a single point of view, but instead, give the reader food for thought. Examine the most dangerous enemies and give recommendations on fighting them. If necessary, note the specifics of the game in different modes (AB, RB, SB).

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Can be equipped with 4 x TOW anti-tank missile launchers
  • Considerably faster than its counterparts
  • Very responsive, usually able to manoeuvre with ease

Cons:

  • Lacks any form of countermeasures
  • Only has access to night vision devices, no thermal imaging.
  • Not very survivable

History

During the 1960s, Agusta was looking to break through the export market by designing the A109. Mainly intended for commercial use and a civilian market, it would be also later be tailored during development to the military market. It was redesigned in 1969 as there was a need for twin engines to actually compete with other contenders: this lead to the A109 to be fitted with 2 Allison 250-C14 turboshaft engines. From December 1968 until September 1969, at least 10 separate possible configurations were worked out. This lead to construction of the first three of the prototypes to carry out flight tests. In 1971, the A109 made its first maiden flight which yielded great results for the machine. The test flight was encouraging both in regards the reduction of vibration and handling qualities, and the overall advantage achieved by adopting an articulated four-blade rotor. Noise abatement was also promising, with an especially designed markedly tapered leading edge of the blade tip section. Testing was halted following a minor accident but quickly resumed in 1972 with to the demand and interest of many countries. Finally, in 1973, the first ever military prototype was presented along with its possibile configurations, This officially changed the vehicle from being centered only for civilian use, and allowed it to gain the reputation of also being for military purposes. Many tests were conducted on the military versions of the A109, the first set of armaments being equipped on them were Hughes Aircraft-built anti-tank TOW missiles. The A109 was also tested with a wide variety of rockets, machine guns and any weaponry that could be installed on the machine. Between 1976 and 1977, the tests that were conducted allowed 2 different military variants to emerge, one of them being for light attack/close support missions and the other one for shipboard operations. Once Agusta's helicopter was ready, many civilian versions of this aircraft started being exported around the globe, mainly in the Middle East and Africa. In Italy, the Army obtained the A109CM as the "A109EOA" utility/scout helicopter, with "EOA" standing for "Elicottero d'Osservazione Avanzata". This helicopter's entry into service helped put out of service the very old Agusta-Bell helicopters that were, at the time, still used in a multi-role aspect. In Italian service, the A109 was able to carry rockets, various ATGMs, and gunpods. The launchers installed on the A109 allowed for the installation of TOW, ITOW, TOW2 and TOW2A missiles. Other armaments included 12.7 mm general purpose door-mounted machine guns on both sides of the helicopter, allowing the vehicle to be very versatile and well-defended. Initial variants of the A109 usually lacked any form of countermeasures, but would be installed in more modern variants of the helicopter. It was in service for a very long time, and was liked by the people who operated the vehicle. Some export variants of the A109 included special options such as the A109BA, which was exported to Belgium, equipped with 8 x TOW launcher instead of the 4 x one in service in Italy. Currently, 32 additional countries are using the A109 either in civilian or military configurations. The A109 keeps on being in service and continues to be upgraded to not lag behind other countries' types of helicopters till this day.

Devblog

In the early 70's, the Italian aircraft manufacturer Agusta began testing a new multi-purpose helicopter, the A.109, which was originally created for the civilian market, but immediately drew the attention of the military authorities. A.109 EOA-2 is a reconnaissance version, designed to destroy various targets including enemy armored vehicles. In addition to machine-gun pods and rockets, the helicopter can be equipped with four TOW anti-tank missile launchers.

Media

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Videos

See also

Links to the articles on the War Thunder Wiki that you think will be useful for the reader, for example:

  • reference to the series of the helicopter;
  • links to approximate analogues of other nations and research trees.

External links


Agusta
Attack  AB 205 A-1* · A.109EOA-2 · A-129 International (p) · A129CBT
  *Licensed

Italy helicopters
Utility  AB 205 A-1 · A.109EOA-2
Attack  A-129 International (p) · A129CBT