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Citat:For 487 million euros, the armed forces plan to get a prototype, three pre-series aircraft and one initial operating capability-level aircraft, as well as the later upgrade of the three pre-series versions to IOC level, all by 2025.
Designed to fly three-hour missions, the new aircraft will offer a 20mm cannon, 70mm rockets and Spike air-to-ground missiles, with a 1,400 kg payload that may rise to 1,600 kg, according to the documents.
The new Mangusta would also feature satellite communications and Link 16.
In a planning document issued in 2015, the Army said it wanted a new Mangusta to be able to control UAVs and be able to operate better in hot and high conditions.
Planned to be a viable assault helicopter for the next 30 years, the new model would have performance and payloads “decisively superior” to the current Mangusta and be at least as good as “the best performing helicopters in its category”, the new document stated.
The Army currently has 48 Mangustas flying, of which 32 have been upgraded from the original spec, while 16 are used for training.