Italian Government grants €487 Million for next generation AW129

Italian Government grants €487 Million for next generation AW129 8 Nov, 16, Source: HeliHub.com

The Italian Parliament’s Defence Committee has agreed to grant a fund of €487 Million to the Italian Army to create a new helicopter that will take over from their current 1980s AW129 Mangusta attack helicopter.

According to Daniele Marantelli, a PD member, the new combat helicopter will combine the efforts of local universities and research centres, with the Varese province and second-tier suppliers benefiting from its assembly. The prototype will be created in Agusta Westland’s Vergiate factory and hopes to be finished in 2020, reports Defense Aerospace.

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