Skip to comments.Pakistan to buy 30 of Turkey's homegrown T129 ATAK helicopters
Posted on 05/25/2018 7:55:55 PM PDT by sukhoi-30mki
Ankara and Islamabad have signed a deal for the sale of 30 Turkish attack helicopters, according to an election manifesto the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) announced Thursday.
In a November 2017 interview with the Anadolu Agency, Pakistani Minister for Defense Production Rana Tanveer Hussain said his country planned to procure 30 attack helicopters and four naval ships from Turkey.
Hussain revealed that Pakistan was interested in the T129 ATAK helicopter, developed by the Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) and the Italy-based AgustaWestland, rebranded as Leonardo Helicopters in 2016.
The gunship helicopter was added to the inventory of the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) in 2014. Currently, 35 T129 ATAK helicopters are being used by the TSK and the Gendarmerie Command.
On March 23, T129 ATAK helicopters from Turkey participated in a fly-past ceremony in the Pakistani capital, Islamabad.
ATAK helicopters, one of the most remarkable products of the national and original production model in the defense industry, have also paved the way for exports with its outstanding performance. Ongoing talks with Pakistan on the export of ATAK helicopters have had positive results.
With the sales contract, the longstanding cooperation and bilateral relations between Pakistan and Turkey in the defense field gained a new dimension.
A series of talks have been held with various countries, including Pakistan, for the export of ATAK helicopters, which have proven themselves during operations with their superior capabilities. In this context, ATAKs have participated in various international events as part of these quests to showcase its capabilities.
The ATAK helicopter's features include high performance and maneuverability, asymmetrical weapon load, low visibility, sound and radar silhouette, high level of impact resistance and ballistic tolerance, which give the helicopter a versatile superior operational capability in various operations.
Equipped with up to 76 unguided rockets and 20 mm guns with 500 mm ammunition capacity for close air support missions, ATAK helicopters also feature eight long-range anti-tank missiles (UMTAS), 16 CIRIT laser guided missiles, eight Stinger air-to-air missiles for multi-purpose tasks, cutting-edge electronic warfare and electro-optical systems.
They dont look too bad. Any word on how well they perform?
Looks like something the sci-fi artist (Joe?) Foss would come up with.
The Axis of Evil
Pull our nukes out of Turkey now !
Chris Foss is the sci-fi artist Im thinking of.
Yes, elections are near. headshake.
Looks like an old Sikorsky Sea Bat with some fancy cockpit glass.
First used this year in Afrin and they lost one.
Sikorsky never made a copter called the Sea Bat nor configured like that
It’s an uprated A129 Mangusta attack heli, modified by the Turks including airframe and armor changes, carrying Turk weapons and avionics.
The Turks have ordered nine and deployed six of the initial type, the T129A, which is actually sort of limited. The full-capability T129B is still in pre-production and hasn’t been delivered yet. As someone else noted above, of the six they’ve deployed to Syria they’ve already lost one to hostile action - but it’s the A model and it may not be indicative of the type’s performance overall, any more than the Mi-24A was indicative of how successful the entire line would be.
Er, I should say the T129B hasn’t been fully worked up yet, not that it was in pre-production. Reports are that the B model hasn’t been deployed in combat yet, only the A model.
Of course, the piston engine was in the front, so you couldn’t have a gunner up there.
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