Turkey’s first locally co-manufactured assault helicopter ATAK has been delivered to the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) during a ceremony at the Turkish Army Air Defense Command in the capital Ankara.

Three ATAK, T-129 attack helicopters, which were co-produced by Italy’s AgustaWestland and the Turkish Aerospace Industry (TAI), joined the army’s inventory June 10 in a ceremony attended by President Abdullah Gül, parliamentary speaker Cemil Çiçek and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

Gül celebrated all contributors at the delivery ceremony. “This shows the level that the Turkish defense industry has reached, especially in helicopter making,” he said. […]