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Turkey receives first batch of T129s






Turkey has now received its initial batch of nine T-129A attack helicopters. Source: TAI


Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) has completed the delivery of the first batch of T129 attack helicopters to the Turkish Armed Forces.

The batch comprises nine T129A helicopters built to an Early Delivery Helicopter (EDH) standard, with the final aircraft handed over in a ceremony on 31 July, a TAI spokesperson told IHS Jane's on 19 August.

Turkey selected and ordered the Agusta A129 in 2007 as the basis for Turkey's attack and tactical reconnaissance (ATAK) programme. In total 51 of the locally modified and built T129s were ordered, with an option for 41 more (although current figures are for 50 plus 40).

The initial batch of nine helicopters (described as A129s at the time) was ordered by Turkey in 2010 as a stop-gap measure for use against the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) until the T129 entered service, after attempts to acquire 12 Bell AH-1W Super Cobra attack helicopters from the United States fell through.

According to local media reports, the T129s have already been involved in the recently renewed fighting against the PKK.

TAI said production has now begun in Ankara of the main batch of 50 T129B helicopters. The first of these is expected to be delivered in the fourth quarter of 2015, with deliveries running until 2018.

The first 30 T129Bs will be of an initial T129B1 (TUC-1) standard, featuring an Aselsan mission computer; AselFLIR-300T nose-mounted targeting turret, EW, and countermeasures; Thales helmet-mounted cueing system; and Hellfire II or Spike ER missiles. The final 20 helicopters will be of the T129B2 (TUC-2) standard, including an Aselsan AVCI helmet-mounted cueing system; Roketsan UMTAS anti-tank missiles and Cirit laser-guided 70 mm rockets; and improved UHF/VHF communications.



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26 helicopters are now delivered and operational by Turkish Land Forces Aviation. Follow on orders for Turkish Gendarmerie and Turkish National Police are in the pipe. There are unconfirmed information that Turkish Navy showed interest for a Naval version.
 

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So the ATAK is actually a modified Augsta 129? What has Turkey put in it?
 

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Other US made engines for high altitude and hot climate. Turkish avionics, Turkish Missile Defense suite , Turkish Elop Aselflir, Turkish missile systems, Hunter ( Avci) pilots glasses cask, MMWR , high voltage cable collision avoiding system and soon a real time mission planning system to be integrated.
 

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