Subscribe Free
in Defence

Turkey's T-129 attack helicopter prototype makes successful first flight

Posted 17 August 2011 · Add Comment

Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) has successfully flown the first prototype of its T129 attack helicopter

 

The first flight, conducted by TAI’s test pilots, of T129 “P6” prototype helicopter has timely and successfully been completed at TAI’s facilities in Akıncı (Ankara) the company said today  

The ATAK Program was initiated with the aim to meet the Attack/Tactical Reconnaissance Helicopter requirements of the Turkish Land Forces Command (TLF) by the integration of high-tech avionic equipment, hardware and software which will be developed in Turkey.  

The first flight of the P6 prototype marks an important milestone in the ATAK Program and is the first of three T129 prototypes which are being assembled in Turkey.

The helicopter is based on the Agusta Westland A129 Mongoose which has been the mainstay of the Italian army and has been operational in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The T-129 ATAK is an enhanced version of the Italian built A129, and its development is now the responsibility of TAI, with AgustaWestland as the primary partner.

 

The original prototype being built in Italy crashed in March 2010 during a test flight, leaving its Italian test pilot and its test engineer needing hospital treatment for minor injuries.

Turkey originally planned to order 51   A129s with 40 options back in 2007 but the following year Turkey undertook to fully build the platform.

Under the agreement, TAI has developed an indigenous mission computer, avionics, weapons systems, self-protection suites and the helmet-mounting cuing systems. TUSAS Engine Industries (TEI) ismanufacturing the LHTEC CTS800-4N engines under licence. Under the agreement, Turkey has full marketing and intellectual property rights for the T-129 platform. There are also no restrictions imposed on Turkey for the export or transfer of the platform to third countries other than Italy of the UK.

 

 

 

 

 

* required field

Post a comment

Other Stories
Advertisement
Latest News

DAE sells its MRO business to Veritas to focus on leasing business

Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) has sold 100% of StandardAero to an affiliate of Veritas Capital. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

EBACE: Etihad MPL cadets to be first with jets for multi-engine training

Cadets on the Etihad MPL programme will become the first in the world to carry out their core flying on a multi-engined jet.

EBACE: GDC brings modification and MRO excellence to Africa

GDC Technics is stepping into Africa to develop MRO and modification services across the continent and challenge existing providers in Southern Europe.

Mubadala planning acquisition of Iranian MRO?

Mubadala Aerospace is believed to be in negotiation talks with a major Iranian MRO centre over a potential acquisition.

MEA takes world's first CAE 7000XR series A320 simulator

Middle East Airlines - Air Liban has inaugurated the world's first CAE 7000XR Series full-flight simulator (FFS) at Middle East Aviation Academy in Beirut.

Abu Dhabi Airports' chief executive Tony Douglas to step down

Abu Dhabi Airports today announces that its Chief Executive Officer Tony Douglas is stepping down to take up a new role with the UK Government as Chief Executive of Defence Equipment & Support at the UK's Ministry of Defence.

Helitech 2015 skyscraper
See us at
Routes EMEA Button 07.05MEBAA Morocco