A129 EES expedition helicopter
The A129 "MANGUSTA" Expedition helicopter was firstly developed as antitank helicopter with TOW wire-guided missiles and rockets of 81 mm.
This helicopter was used for the first time in Somalia during the "Restore Hope" operation (1992-1994); in its antitank version, but also armed with machine guns cal. 12.7 mm installed under the wigs, it participated in the operations in Albania (1997), in the Republic of Macedonia and in Kosovo (1998-2000) as well as in recent Operating Theatres such as Iraq and Afghanistan.
Later the aircraft was equipped with the "Top Lite" Observation and Targeting System (OTS) to which the third-generation missile system "SPIKE" has been associated.
It is now assigned to the AVES units of the 5th "RIGEL" Regiment in Casarsa della Delizia and the 7th "VEGA" Regiment in Rimini.