The A129 Mangusta (Mongoose) design began in 1978 being the first attack helicopter to be designed and produced wholly in Western Europe. In 1990, first production helicopters were delivered to the Italian Army. Since June 2007 it is known as Agustawestland AW129
Leonardo to Develop A129 Replacement, 13-Jan-17 : Leonardo signed with Italian Defence Ministry NEES agreement to develop and procure 48 new exploration and escort helicopters to replace the current fleet of AW129 Mangusta by 2025.
Turkey start negotiations for 51 A129, 30-Mar-07 : The Turkish Executive Committee has announced today that it is to start contract negotiations with AgustaWestland, in partnership with Turkish Aviation Industry (TAI), for the Tactical Reconnaissance and Attack Helicopter – ATAK Project - for the Turkish Land Forces Command.