In the first of a series of features on attack helicopters, Combat Aircraft visits Rimini, home of the 7° Reggimento Aviazione dell’Esercito ‘Vega’, one of the two regiments of the Italian Army’s Brigata Aeromobile flying the Mangusta.


A so-called attack weapons team (AWT) comprised of a pair of AH-129D Mangustas, on this occasion from the 48° Gruppo Squadroni ‘Pavone’.

BRIGATA AEROMOBILE (AIRMOBILE Brigade) ‘Friuli’ is all about teamwork between powerful airborne assets and infantry, combining mobility and impressive firepower. Speed of action, surprise and the timely concentration of powerful force concentrations are all paramount, and central to this vision is the Leonardo AH-129D Mangusta, the most deadly helicopter in the Esercito Italiano (Italian Army). It’s an asset that lends itself perfectly to engaging enemy forces or significant elements in hostile territory — a multi-faceted quick reaction force.

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