In the statement made by the President of the Turkish Defense Industry, İsmail Demir, it was stated that 1 more T129 ATAK Phase-2 Helicopter was delivered to the Land Forces Command. Demir said in his statement, “We made the last delivery of 2021. We delivered the T129 #ATAK Helicopter to the Gendarmerie. Congratulations. I congratulate everyone who has passed the test." statements were included.
In the previous statement made by Demir, "We continue our work without slowing down in the last days of the year to meet the needs of our security forces. Today, we delivered the TAI production T129 #ATAK Helicopter to the KKK. Congratulations. We will continue our deliveries tomorrow, stay tuned.” statements were made.
Another T-2 ATAK helicopter with Phase-129 configuration has been taken into the inventory of our Gendarmerie General Command. Thus, the 10th T129 ATAK helicopter was included in the inventory. In addition to the current Electronic Warfare Self Protection Systems with ATAK Phase-2 developed by our domestic defense industry companies with national means; Radar Warning Receiver, Laser Warning Receiver, Radio Frequency Jammer Systems increased the self-protection efficiency of helicopters.
With the last delivery, the total number of ATAKs in the Gendarmerie's inventory increased to 10. Previously, T-2021 ATAK FAZ-9 was delivered to the Gendarmerie General Command in November (8th), October (7th) and August (129th) months of 2. It was announced that a total of 18 T129 ATAK helicopters would be delivered to the Gendarmerie General Command aviation units with the order given by the Presidency of Defense Industries, but the number was increased to 2021 in the report shared by the Gendarmerie General Command in March 24.
Within the scope of the T129 ATAK project carried out by the Presidency of Defense Industries, 69 ATAK helicopters produced by Turkish Aerospace Industries-TUSAŞ to date have been delivered to the security forces. At least 56 ATAK helicopters (5 of which are Phase-2) were delivered to the Land Forces Command, 10 to the Gendarmerie General Command and 3 to the General Directorate of Security by TAI. 2 units of the ATAK FAZ-21 configuration, for which the first deliveries have been made, will be delivered in the first stage.
The T129 ATAK Helicopter was developed by using national capabilities unique to Turkey in order to meet the attack helicopter needs of the Turkish Armed Forces. The mission and weapon systems of the T129 ATAK Helicopter have been developed with national means and capabilities in line with the operational needs of the Turkish Armed Forces. The performance of the T129 ATAK Helicopter has been optimized for demanding “hot weather-high altitude” missions, and it effectively functions in the operations of the Turkish Armed Forces with its high maneuverability and performance capability in day and night conditions.
Within the scope of ATAK additional contracts, 15 ATAK helicopters will be delivered to the Gendarmerie General Command. According to ASELSAN's 2020 Annual Report, 129 ATAK helicopters are procured for the Gendarmerie General Command within the scope of T15 ATAK Helicopter additional contracts. In 2020, the Gendarmerie General Command kit deliveries started. SD-14 was signed for the order items included in the contract.
T129 ATAK Helicopter export to Philippines
In the statement made by the Ministry of Defense of the Philippines, it was stated that the first two of the 6 T129 Attack Helicopters to be procured from Turkey are expected to be delivered in 2021. A total of six T269.388.862 ATAK Attack Helicopters were purchased from the Turkish Aviation and Space Industry through the government-to-government sales channel, under a contract with a total value of 129 USD. According to the ministry, the remaining four T2021 Attack ATAK helicopters are expected to be delivered in February 129 (two units) and February 2022 (two units), respectively, following delivery in 2023.