TAI / Agusta-Westland T-129 ATAK

In 2007 with the need to replace their veterans AH-1P and AH-1W Super Cobra attack helicopters, Turkey signed an agreement with Agusta-Westland (now Leonardo) company for the development of a new light attack helicopter based on the Agusta A-129 Mangusta and designated as T-129 Atak. The contract specified the assembly in Turkey of a first batch of 51 helicopters by TAI (Turkish Aerospace Industries), with the option of a second batch of 40 more helicopters. In 2009, a first prototype made in Italy was presented and another one manufactured in Turkey was presented in 2011. The TAI company would be responsible for development of new avionics, weapons systems, self-protection equipment and a mission computer. The first nine helicopters entered service in 2014 under designation T-129A, a simplified variant lacking anti-tank UMTAS missiles, but due to operational needs had to be put into service. The rest of T-129 helicopters will be T-129B variant, optimized for multirole tasks and will enter into service with all their weapons and equipment.

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Country of origin

Turkey

Builder

TAI (Turkish Aerospace Industries) – AgustaWestland (Leonardo)

Type

Attack helicopter (AH)

Entered service

2014

Crew

2

Combat weight

5,000 kg

Fuselage length

13.45 meters

Main rotor diameter

11.90 meters

Power plant

2 x LHTEC CTS800-4A turboshafts, 1,360 shp each

Power, (total)

2,720 shp

Speed

max. 278 km/h – cruise 269 km/h

Climb rate

840 meters per minute

Ceiling, (maximum)

6,100 meters

Range

1,000 km

Armament

1 x 20mm M-197 three barrel rotary gun with 500 rounds and 4 underwing hardpoints

Guns, (external pods)

Type: 12.7mm Browning MG

Rockets

Type: Hydra 70 – 70mm – 81mm

Air-to-air missiles

Type: AIM-9 Sidewinder – FIM-92 Stinger – Mistral

Air-to-surface missiles

Type: TOW – Hellfire – Spike-ER – UMTAS – OMTAS anti-tank missiles – Roketsan CIRIT 70mm

Production

58 in service in 2018