Turkey’s Undersecretariat for Defence Industries (SSB) signed a contract with the Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) to indigenously develop a new 10-tonne heavy class attack helicopter.
The helicopter to be developed will have approximately two times take-off weight of ATAK helicopter as one of the world’s top class attack helicopters.
The heavy class attack helicopter project has been signed with TAI. The helicopter to be developed will have approximately two times take-off weight of ATAK helicopter as one of the world’s top class attack helicopters. pic.twitter.com/u1bCuyJFFK
— SSB (@SSB_Eng) February 22, 2019
The country will utilize the experience gained from developing the 5-ton class T129 ATAK attack helicopter for the new project. The new helicopter will meet the needs of the Turkish Armed Forces regarding a higher weight-class attack helicopter. The loaded weight of 8-10 ton puts the new helicopter in same weight class as the American AH-64 Apache attack helicopter.
T129 ATAK is a twin-engine, tandem seat, multi-role, all-weather attack helicopter developed by Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) with partner AgustaWestland. T129 is based on the Agusta A129 Mangusta platform.
T129 is used by the Turkish Army and the Gendarmerie General Command, and is also ordered by the Pakistan Army Aviation.