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Turkish army is ready to take delivery of the first home-made attack helicopter T-126 ATAK 1405131

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World Air Force News - Turkey
 
 
Turkish army is ready to take delivery of the first home-made attack helicopter T-126 ATAK.
 
The Turkish Army is on the way to take delivery of the first home-made T-129 ATAK Advanced Attack and Tactical Reconnaissance helicopter. Speaking at the IDEF exhibition in 2013, company representatives stated that the army is expected to take delivery of its first aircraft in the coming weeks.
     
The Turkish Army is on the way to take delivery of the first home-made T-129 ATAK Advanced Attack and Tactical Reconnaissance helicopter. Speaking at the IDEF exhibition in 2013, company representatives stated that the army is expected to take delivery of its first aircraft in the coming weeks.
Turkish home-made attack helicopter T-129 ATAK at IDEF 2013, defence exhibition in Turkey.
     

Four T-129A aircraft are now ready to be formally handed over to the army and will be used to train the initial batch of pilots and maintenance staff. In addition to these first four, three production aircraft are currently undergoing factory acceptance tests.

Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI), the programme’s prime contractor that is assembling the aircraft, has increased production to one aircraft per month, which will be the ongoing rate through until deliveries of the 59 aircraft are completed in 2018.

Two prototypes have been manufactured and will be used to investigate the various upgrade options. In total, the programme has now done more than 2500 flight hours.

The initial deliveries will be of the T-129, which is described as a combat support aircraft and includes rockets, guns and integrated electronic warfare suite.

Development continues on the ATAK standard configuration, designated as the T-129B and includes integration of the Cirit and UMTAS missiles. The first T-129B will start qualification tests in mid-2013 – tests of the IR-guided UMTAS are scheduled to take place in July – and full production of the fully capable version is expected to start in 2014.