9/28/2009

Turkey's attack helicopter to make first test flight

Turk.net - A prototype of an attack helicopter, which will be produced jointly by Turkey and Italy, is set to make a test flight on Monday in Milan, Italy. The combat and reconnaissance helicopter, an enhanced version of the Italian Agusta Westland's A-129s, will be named T-129 ATAK. Turkey's Tusas Aerospace Industries (TAI) -- the prime contractor -- and Italy's Agusta Westland -- a subcontractor -- will co-produce the aircraft under a 2007 agreement signed for the purchase of 51 (plus 40 optional) helicopters for the Turkish Land Forces. The helicopter will be equipped with avionic and weapon systems designed and produced indigenously, and the mission computer and targeting, navigation, communication and electronic warfare systems will be developed and produced by ASELSAN, a leading defense company in Turkey. TAI will have the right to use and administer the intellectual property of the T129 ATAK Helicopter, and it will be the sole source for its work share under the ATAK program for all potential future worldwide sales of the T129 ATAK Helicopter. The program agreement also provides TAI with the right to sell and market the T129 ATAK Helicopter worldwide. The first T-129 is scheduled to be delivered to the Turkish Land Forces in 2013.

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