TECHNOLOGY, TURKEY

2011 08 17

First Turkish built helicopter takes test flight

The first national attack helicopter of Turkey, developed as part of the ATAK Program, has successfully taken a test flight on Wednesday.

The first flight of T129 “P6” prototype helicopter has timely and successfully been completed at Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) facilities in Ankara.

Two TAI test pilots took off on the T129 early in the morning and flown for 90 minutes, passing all necessary tests.

Wednesday’s first flight of the P6 prototype marks an important milestone in the ATAK Program and is the first of three T129 prototypes which are being assembled in Turkey.

The ATAK Program was initiated with the aim to meet the Attack/Tactical Reconnaissance Helicopter requirements of the Turkish Land Forces Command (TLF) by the integration of high-tech avionic equipment, hardware and software which will be developed in Turkey.

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