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Agusta
Agusta
was an Italian helicopter manufacturer. It was based in Samarate, Northern Italy. The company was founded by Count Giovanni Agusta
Agusta
in 1923, who flew his first airplane in 1907. The MV Agusta motorcycle manufacturer began as an offshoot of the Agusta
Agusta
aviation company at the end of the Second World War as a means to save the jobs of employees of the Agusta
Agusta
firm. In July 2000 Agusta
Agusta
merged with Westland Helicopters
Westland Helicopters
to form AgustaWestland
AgustaWestland
S.p.A., a multinational helicopter design and manufacturing company, and a wholly owned subsidiary of Finmeccanica.[1]

Contents

1 History 2 Products

2.1 Aircraft 2.2 Aircraft engines

3 See also 4 References 5 External links

History[edit] From 1952 the company got involved in helicopter manufacturing, first building Bell helicopters under licence, but later Sikorsky, Boeing and McDonnell Douglas
McDonnell Douglas
products as well. The company also had ambitions to design and build its own helicopters. The Agusta A.101
Agusta A.101
and the Agusta A.106
Agusta A.106
can be considered the best of its earlier attempts. Others included the AB.102, A.103, A.104, and A.115. It also produced a small line of aero engines such as the GA.70 and GA.140. Developed in the 1970s, the Agusta
Agusta
A109 has undoubtedly been the company's biggest success. The A109 is a commercial and military twin turbine helicopter, of which the latest variants are still in production, hundreds having already been sold. In 1983 the Agusta A129 Mangusta
Agusta A129 Mangusta
anti-tank helicopter partook in its first official flight engagement. It was the first attack helicopter to be designed and produced in Western Europe. However, this helicopter has been a limited commercial success so far, seeing service with the Italian Army, and only now has a modernized variant being developed for the Turkish Army. The 1980s saw the start of several collaborative projects for Agusta. In 1981 Agusta
Agusta
and Westland of Britain started the EH101 medium-lift naval helicopter project in order to satisfy the requirements of the Royal Navy
Royal Navy
and the Italian Navy. In 1985 the company started a collaborative programme with the aeronautic industries of France, Germany and the Netherlands in order to develop and produce the NHI NH90, a nine-ton twin engine multi-role medium helicopter in order to satisfy the requirements of their respective countries’ armed forces. 1990s projects include the Agusta
Agusta
A109 Power, an improved version of the A109 (1994) and the Agusta
Agusta
A119 Koala (1997), a single-engine design based on the A109. Agusta
Agusta
became involved in a notorious Belgian bribery scandal when it was revealed that the company had paid the two Belgian socialist parties who were then (1988/1989) in the government to assist the company in getting the contract for attack helicopters for the Belgian Army. In 1998 Agusta
Agusta
formed a joint venture with Bell Helicopter
Helicopter
Textron called the Bell/ Agusta
Agusta
Aerospace Company. Its aim was to develop the Bell/ Agusta
Agusta
AB139 helicopter and the Bell/Agusta BA609
Bell/Agusta BA609
tiltrotor aircraft. Bell later withdrew from the AW609 project, which is now known as the AgustaWestland
AgustaWestland
AW609. In July 2000 Finmeccanica
Finmeccanica
and GKN plc
GKN plc
agreed to merge their respective helicopter subsidiaries ( Agusta
Agusta
and GKN-Westland Helicopters), forming AgustaWestland. It was reported on 12 February 2013 that the chief executive, Giuseppe Orsi, was arrested on corruption charges. Prosecutors allege he paid bribes to ensure the sale of 12 helicopters to the Indian government, when he was head of the group's AgustaWestland
AgustaWestland
unit.[2][3] On 13 February 2013 Finmeccanica’s Board of Directors named Mr Alessandro Pansa chief executive officer and resolves to confer the role of vice chairman to Admiral Guido Venturoni.[4] Shortly after Pansa's appointment, Italian investigators discovered a case of bribery by Finmeccanica
Finmeccanica
in its deal with India following which the government of India issued a show cause notice to the company.[5] A complaint has been filed seeking an investigation into the sale of 21 civil helicopters worth over Rs 7,000 crore (US$1.6 billion) by AgustaWestland
AgustaWestland
between 2005-2013 in India. As per the complaint Agusta Westland has been selling civil helicopters in India through. Tax authorities in India have been asked to probe the possibility of tax evasion by Sharp Ocean on the commission received for the sale of helicopters and foreign exchange deprivation to the country by off-shoring payments for the sale of helicopters in India.[6] Separately, the comptroller and auditor general, in its latest report, has indicted the Chhattisgarh government for overpaying Rs.65 lakh (US$120,000) for the purchase of a VVIP chopper -an Agusta
Agusta
A-109 Power helicopter. Both companies are promoted by twin brothers Nayan Jagjivan and Nakul Jagjivan.[7] Products[edit] Aircraft[edit]

A.101 prototype transport helicopter A.103 prototype single-seat light helicopter A.104 Helicar prototype light helicopter A.105 prototype light helicopter A.106 light ASW helicopter A109/AW109 multi-purpose helicopter A.115 prototype light helicopter AW119 Koala utility helicopter A129 Mangusta attack helicopter AZ8-L prototype propliner/airliner EMA 124 prototype light utility helicopter CP-110 prototype light propeller aircraft

Joint ventures

AgustaBell AB139 Bell/Agusta BA609
Bell/Agusta BA609
(50% share) EHI Industries EH101 NH90 (32% share)

Licensed production

AB 47 AB102 AB204 AB205 AB206 Jet Ranger AB212 AB412 AS-61

AS-61R

Aircraft engines[edit]

Agusta
Agusta
GA.40 Agusta
Agusta
GA.70

See also[edit]

Italy portal Companies portal Aviation portal

Giovanni Agusta MV Agusta List of Italian companies 2013 Indian helicopter bribery scandal

References[edit]

^ Key, Peter (30 April 2013). "Philly factory to begin producing new chopper". Philadelphia Business Journal. Retrieved May 3, 2013.  ^ "Finmeccanica's Giuseppe Orsi held on corruption charges". BBC News. Retrieved 28 July 2015.  ^ Emilio Parodi and Stephen Jewkes (12 February 2013). "Finmeccanica head arrested over India bribe allegations". Reuters.  ^ " Finmeccanica
Finmeccanica
names Pansa as CEO ahead of board review". Reuters India. Retrieved 28 July 2015.  ^ "India scraps chopper deal, adds 7 years to IAF's wait". hindustantimes.com/. Archived from the original on 31 May 2013. Retrieved 28 July 2015.  ^ Administrator2. "Probe sought into the other Agusta
Agusta
deal". Retrieved 28 July 2015.  ^ "Home". theweek.in. Retrieved 28 July 2015. 

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Agusta.

Official Leonardo- Finmeccanica
Finmeccanica
website Helis.com: Agusta
Agusta
timeline Fondazione Museo Agusta
Agusta
- Agusta
Agusta
Museum—(in Italian)

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Agusta/AgustaWestland/Leonardo Helicopters

Agusta

A.101 AB.102 A.103 A.104 A.105 A.106 A109 A109S A.115 A.120 A.123 A129 AZ.8L CP-110 EH101

AgustaWestland

Apache AW009 AW101

VH-71 CH-149

AW109

AW109S

AW119 AW139 AW149 AW159 AW169 AW189 AW249 AW609 T129 Project Zero

Meridionali/Agusta

EMA 124

Aeroengines

GA.40 GA.70 GA.140 A.270 TA.230

Other

Giovanni Agusta MV Agusta PZL-Świdnik Westland Helicopters Caproni

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Leonardo S.p.A.

Subsidiaries and joint ventures

AgustaWestland Alenia Aermacchi ATR Bell Agusta
Agusta
Aerospace Company Leonardo DRS NGL Prime SpA Oto Melara Quadrics Selex ES

SELEX Sistemi Integrati

Telespazio

Telespazio
Telespazio
VEGA

Thales Alenia Space

People

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