Turkish Army’s First T129 Helicopter Completes Maiden Flight

29 September 2009 (Last Updated September 29th, 2009 18:30)

The first T129 all-weather day/night multi-role attack helicopter set for the Turkish Armed Forces has completed its first flight in Italy. The attack helicopter is being developed in cooperation by AgustaWestland, Aselsan and Turkish Aerospace Industries. As part of the tes

The first T129 all-weather day/night multi-role attack helicopter set for the Turkish Armed Forces has completed its first flight in Italy.

The attack helicopter is being developed in cooperation by AgustaWestland, Aselsan and Turkish Aerospace Industries.

As part of the test fight programme, the T129 P1 prototype was flown by test pilots from AgustaWestland and Turkish Aerospace Industries. AgustaWestland has opened a centre in Italy to train Turkish engineers on the programme.

The helicopter includes integrated aircraft survivability equipment that delivers vital survivability tools and integrated mission management.

Based on the AW129 and its predecessor, the battle-proven A129 Mangusta platform, the T129 can operate in remote areas with the minimum of logistical support.