Agusta A109BA Hirundo

Agusta A109BA H-37

 


 Agusta A109BA Hirundo

Twin-engined antitank and utility helicopter

 

On December 8th 1988 the Belgian Government decided to acquire 46 Agusta A109BA (Belgian Army) Hirundo helicopters. These aircraft replaced a number of Alouette II light helicopters in the armed reconnaissance role (HRecce, with machine guns) and observation role (HO). The Agusta's were also used for anti-tank missions, equipped with Helitow anti-tank missiles (HA), tactical support missions equipped with rocket launchers (HLR), as Medevac helicopter (Medical Evacuation) (HMed) and transport helicopter (HTpt). Since early 2003 all Hirundos were brought up to the same multirole standard and were operated by the 17th and 18th Squadrons MRH (Multi-role helicopter). As a consequence of the reorganisations of the Belgian Defence all Agusta's were transferred to the Air Component from the Army Component while a number of the Hirundo's have been withdrawn from use and stored at Zutendaal airbase pending their sale. The remaining operational Agusta's are based at Beauvechain airbase as part of the Wing Heli.


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Serial c/n Date In Date Out History
H-01 0301 Jan 1992 Oct 2011 H-1 (OT-ARA), sold to "MAD Africa Distribution" sprl
H-02 0302 Feb 1992 Oct 2011 H-02 (OT-ARB) (Medevac), sold to "MAD Africa Distribution" sprl
H-03 0303 Mar 1992 Jan 2004 H-03 (OT-ARC), stored at Zutendaal, Bierset fire-fighting training
H-04 0304 Apr 1992 2007 H-04 (OT-ARD) , to Benin Air Force as TY-32H
H-05 0305 May 1992 2011 H-05 (OT-ARE) (Medevac), sold to "MAD Africa Distribution" sprl
H-06 0306  Jun 1992 2008 H-06 (OT-ARF), crashed at Halleux (La Roche-en-Ardenne) on 27 Jun 2008 due to tail rotor problems.
H-07 0307 Aug 1992 Aug 2011 H-07 (OT-ARG)(Medevac), sold to "MAD Africa Distribution", Rotor France Ind. Toussus-le-Noble (F.), Hayward & Green, Horn Lane, Woodmancote (U.K.)
H-08 0308 Aug 1992 Jan 2004 H-08 (OT-ARH), stored Zutendaal, on display at the Royal Army Museum, Brussels.
H-09 0309 Sep 1992 Apr 2004  H-09 (OT-ARI) stored at Zutendaal, Van Vliet Trucks, Nieuwerkerk a/d Ijssel (Nl.), Rotor France Ind. Toussus-le-Noble (F.), sold to a mining company in Sudan.
H-10  0310  Oct 1992  2005 H-10 (OT-ARJ), stored at Zutendaal, Van Vliet Trucks, Nieuwerkerk a/d Ijssel (Nl.), stored Kassel-Calden aiport (D.)
H-11 0311 Nov 1992 Dec 205 H-11 (OT-ARK), stored Zutendaal, sold to Van Vliet Trucks (Nl.), stored Kassel (D.), registered UR-BAAA, operated in Ukraine by Yavson Company.
H-12 0312 Dec 1992 Apr 2004 H-12 (OT-ARL), stored at Zutendaal,  sold to Van Vliet Trucks, Nieuwerkerk a/d Ijssel, (Nl.), noted stored as Kassel-Calden airport (D.)
H-13 0313 Dec 1992 Apr 2004 H-13 (OT-ARM), stored Zutendaal, sold to Van Vliet Trucks (Nl.), stored Kassel (D.), registered UR-CAAA, operated in Ukraine by Yavson Company.
H-14 0314 Dec 1992 Apr 2004 H-14 (OT-ARN), stored at Zutendaal, Instructional airframe Royal Technical School Saffraanberg
H-15 0315 Jan 1993 Jun 2004 H-15 (OT-ARO), stored at Zutendaal, sold to Van Vliet Trucks (Nl.), stored Kassel (D.).
H-16 0316 Feb 1993 Jun 2003 H-16 (OT-ARP) 29 Jun 2003 damaged beyond repair at Petrovec (Macedonia), stored Zutendaal, exhibited Bierset
H-17 0317 Feb 1993 Dec 2005 H-17 (OT-ARQ), stored at Zutendaal, sold to Benin AF as spare parts resource.
H-18 0318 Mar 1993 2005 H-18 (OT-ARR), stored Zutendaal, sold to Van Vliet Trucks (Nl.), stored Kassel (D.), registered UR-YAAA, operated in Ukraine by Yavson Company.
H-19 0319 Apr 1993 May 2000 H-19, 23 May 200 crash at Bertrix, fuselage to Royal Technical School at Saffraanberg as instructional airframe.
H-20 0320 Apr 1993 active H-20 (OT-ATB)
H-21 0321 Apr 1993 active H-21 (OT-ATC), noted cocooned at Bierset airbase, returned to service
H-22 0322 May 1993 active H-22 (OT-ATD)
H-23 0323 May 1993 active H-23 (OT-ATE)
H-24 0324 May 1993 active H-24 (OT-ATF)
H-25 0325 May 1993 active H-25 (OT-ATG)
H-26 0326 Jun 1993 active H-26, (OT-ATH)
H-27 0327 Jun 1993 active H-27 (OT-ATI)
H-28 0328 Jun 1993 active H-28 (OT-ATJ)
H-29 0329 Jul 1993 active H-29 (OT-ATK)
H-30 0330 Aug 1993 active H-30 (OT-ATL)
H-31 0331 Aug 1993 active H-31 (OT-ATM)
H-32 0332 Sep 1993 May 2007 H-32 (OT-ATN), to Benin AF as TY-33H, reported wfu at Cotonou, Benin (no blades attached)
H-33 0333 Sep 1993 active H-33 (OT-AKA)
H-34 0334 Sep 1993 Jan 2004 H-34 (OT-AKB), stored Zutendaal, sold to Van Vliet Trucks (Nl.), stored Kassel (D.), to a mining company in Sudan.
H-35 0335 Oct 1993 active H-35 (OT-AKC)
H-36 0336 Oct 1993 active H-36 (OT-AKD)
H-37 0337 Oct 1993 2009 H-37 (OT-AKE), to Benin AF as TY-34H (to be confirmed), reported wfu at Cotonou, Benin (no blades attached)
H-38 0338 Oct 1993 active H-38 (OT-AKF)
H-39 0339 Nov 1993 active H-39 (OT-AKG)
H-40 0340 Nov 1993 active H-40 (OT-AKH)
H-41 0341 Nov 1993 active H-41 (OT-AKI)
H-42 0342 Dec 1993 active H-42 (OT-AKJ)
H-43 0343 Dec 1993 active H-43 (OT-AKK)
H-44 0344 Dec 1993 active H-44 (OT-AKL)
H-45 0345 Jan 1994 active H-45 (OT-AKM)
H-46 0300 Feb 1994 active H-46 (OT-AKN)
 
  Agusta A109BA using flares during exercise "Elite" in Germany 
 

 

 

 

 

 

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