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18 August 2015

First Fleet Of T129 ATAK Helicopters Delivered to Turkish Army

On 31 July , Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) completed the delivery of the first fleet (nine helicopters) of T129 ATAK Multirole Combat Helicopters to the Turkish Army.

Having completed the first fleet delivery, the T129 ATAK Multirole Combat Helicopters are now being used effectively in operational theatres by the Turkish Land Forces. (Photo: TAI)

The T129 ATAK is now ready to meet a range of new export opportunities and requirements in the worldwide market. The successful delivery of the first helicopter fleet is a major milestone for the Turkish aerospace and defence industry in terms of design, development, and international collaboration. This latest accomplishment provides further evidence of the successful cooperation between the Undersecretariat for Defence Industries (SSM) as a procurement agency, the Turkish Land Forces as an end user, TAI as a prime contractor, and subcontractors with the development and delivery of one of the most advanced combat helicopters in its class. As an outcome of the endorsement provided by the Turkish Armed Forces, according to TAI, the already strong international interest in the T129 ATAK as a superior alternative is expected to intensify.

Roketsan has reached the final phase in the UMTAS Project, the new-generation Long Range Anti-Tank Missile with an imaging IR (IIR) seeker. Multiple targets were successfully hit during firing tests, on 2 and 3 July 2015, at the firing range in Karapinar/Konya/Turkey. The UMTAS Project is in the design verification phase, where system qualification is expected to begin this year. (Photo: Roketsan)

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