Agusta A.106

The Agusta A.106 was a single-seat light helicopter designed to provide an anti-submarine warfare (ASW) platform for the Impavido-class destroyers of the Italian Navy. The aircraft was provided with a sophisticated electronics suite by Ferranti for autostabilisation and contact identification. Two torpedoes could be slung under the fuselage. The tail and two-bladed main rotor could be folded for shipboard stowage, and the skid undercarriage had fittings for flotation bags.

A.106
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Agusta A.106 maiden flight
Role Light anti-submarine warfare helicopter
Manufacturer Agusta
First flight November 1965
Retired 1973
Status Retired
Primary user Italian Navy
Number built 2

Two prototypes were built, the first flying in November 1965. A pre-production batch of 5 was cancelled by the Navy in 1973.


OperatorsEdit

  Italy

SpecificationsEdit

Data from Jane's All The World's Aircraft 1969-70 [1]

General characteristics

  • Crew: one, pilot
  • Length: 8.00 m (26 ft 3 in)
  • Height: 2.5 m (8 ft 2.5 in)
  • Empty weight: 590 kg (1,300 lb)
  • Gross weight: 1,400 kg (3,086 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Turbomeca-Agusta TAA.230 , 224 kW (300 hp)
  • Main rotor diameter: 9.50 m (31 ft 2 in)
  • Main rotor area: 70.9 m2 (763 sq ft)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 176 km/h (109 mph, 95 kn)
  • Range: 740 km (460 mi, 400 nmi) [2]
  • Endurance: 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Service ceiling: 3,000 m (9,800 ft) [3]
  • Rate of climb: 6.2 m/s (1,220 ft/min)

Armament

  • 2 × Mk.44 torpedoes or
  • 10 × depth charges or
  • 2 × 7.62 mm machine-guns and 10 × 80 mm rockets

See alsoEdit

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration, and era

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Taylor 1969, p.124.
  2. ^ Max internal and external fuel.
  3. ^ Hovering ceiling.
  • Taylor, John W.R. (1969). Jane's All The World's Aircraft 1969-70. London: Jane's Yearbooks.
  • Taylor, Michael J. H. (1989). Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation. London: Studio Editions. p. 40.
  • Simpson, R. W. (1998). Airlife's Helicopters and Rotorcraft. Ramsbury: Airlife Publishing. pp. 32, 36.