Turkey has deployed the first indigenously developed helicopters, T129 ATAK to support counter terrorism operations against the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), Anadolu agency reported .
Two T129 ATAK helicopters assigned to the 3rd Commando Brigade can cruise at 269 kilometers per hour (167 miles per hour) and are capable to carry Hellfire missiles and guided rockets.
The Turkish General Staff said that the helicopters arrived in Siirt on April 25. "The helicopters will serve also in Şırnak, Hakkari and Van provinces, day and night, as of May 2015," he added.
The attack and reconnaissance helicopters, based on the AgustaWestland A129CBT, were jointly developed by Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) and AgustaWestland.
The Turkish Aerospace Industries has stated in its website that its aircraft was delivered to the Turkish land forces last year. The aircraft has been developed by integrating Turkey’s high-tech avionics and weapon systems onto the combat proven AgustaWestland A129 airframe, with upgraded engines, transmission and rotor blades.
The T129 was optimized for hot and high conditions and can carry 12 Roketsan-developed UMTAS anti-tank missiles (Turkish indigenous development similar to Hellfire II) and uses the more powerful LHTEC T800 engine.
Turkey's Havelsan will acquire flight simulation assets of Quantum3D that has US government units and civil companies as its customers, in order to increase simulation and training abilities. The deal with Quantum3D will likely to be finalized this year and its products will continue to be sold under the Quantum3D brand name like before, various media reported last week
The Turkish Undersecretariat for Defence Industries (SSM) has requested for information from various defense suppliers to procure MALE or HALE category Armed Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) for the nation's Air Force on April 28. The Request for Information (RFI) is issued by SSM within the scope of Armed UAS Project in order to gather general information on potential suppliers of the Armed UAS in the market and have an idea of availability of the required Armed UAS
Turkey is speeding up the process to choose a conceptual trainer alongside plans to build an indigenous fighter jet, Hurryet Daily News reported Tuesday. Turkish officials said the twin crashes were a forceful reminder of a pressing need “to go faster” in selecting a fighter aircraft model based on which Turkey would also build a trainer
Turkey will move forward with a deal to purchase a US$3.4 billion air defense system from China despite its incompatibility with NATO equipments
Turkey will make long-range missiles compatible with the NATO's systems, Presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said on Monday. NATO member Turkey chose China Precision Machinery Import and Export Corp as a preferred bidder in 2013 to supply the missile system, prompting Western concern about security and the compatibility of the weaponry with NATO infrastructure
Turkish Aerospace Industries is expecting its ATAK military helicopter to become attractive to Morocco and other North African countries. TAI is in direct competition with Boeing which is attempting to sell its Apache combat helicopter to the North African country
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Turkey plans to beef up border security by flying zeppelins and building two-fence border system as part of an ‘integrated system plan to secure ‘critical parts of border to counter ISIL threat. Turkey will be beefing up security along the Syrian borders to block Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorists transit points after the international community accused the nation of not doing its best to stop the flow of foreign fighters from Turkey to its neighbors
Turkeys Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglus interim government has appointed Vecdi Gonil as new defense minister on Friday. Ismet Yilmaz, who was serving the position, previously had to resign as he was running for election as parliament speaker
China, like the US and Europe has declined to transfer technology as part of its bid to sell FD-2000 air defence system to Turkey. As a result Turkey may not be able to operate the FD-2000, the export version of the Chinese HQ-9 system effectively, WantChinaTimes said quoting Russian media which translated an interview of Ismail Demir, head of Turkey's Under-secretariat for Defense Industries
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