Turkish Aerospace Industries is preparing to deliver the first batch of T129 ATAK helicopters exported to the Philippines. As reported by the Philippine People's News Agency (PNA), the delivery is expected by the end of December. As Emerging Philippines stated, the first two helicopters are expected to arrive in the Philippines in December. The Philippine Air Force (PAF) 15th Strike Squadron had sent pilots and maintenance technicians to Turkey for T129 Atak training. Philippine Ministry of Defense SözcüIn his statement, SU stated that the first two of the T129 ATAK helicopters are expected to be delivered by the end of December. also Sözcü, pointing out this week, announced that a team at the Philippine Ministry of Defense went to Turkey for a pre-delivery inspection.
In a statement, Philippine Air Force (PAF) Commander Lieutenant General Allen Paredes marked December of 2021 for the first convoy planned to be delivered by TAI. Lieutenant General Paredes, in his social media post, said, "Lethal... It's coming in December. T129 Attack Helicopter of the Philippine Air Force.” made statements. No other details about the delivery were given in the statement.
It is known that a total of 6 T129 ATAK helicopters produced by TAI under the contract signed with the Philippines will be exported for 269.388.862 USD. In the statements made in May 2021, it was stated that the first delivery of two units is expected to take place in September 2021. Philippine Ministry of Defense Sözcü“Based on the latest developments, we expect the first two units of T129 Attack Helicopters for the Philippine Air Force to be delivered this September,” said Dir Arsenio Andolong. According to the ministry, it was stated that following the delivery, which is said to be made in September 2021, the remaining four T129 ATAK helicopters are expected to be delivered in February 2022 (two units) and February 2023 (two units).
T129 ATAK training for Filipino personnel
Following the completion of the approvals for the sale of the T129 ATAK helicopter to the Philippines, the pilots and crews of the Philippine Air Force's 15th Attack Squadron will receive T129 ATAK helicopter training at TAI facilities in Ankara. While the related training is planned to continue between May 2021 and August 2021, the Philippine Air Force will continue to send pilots and experts to Turkey for training on T129 ATAK attack helicopter operations in the future.