The Turkish army has received its first nine-strong fleet of Turkish Aerospace Industries T129 ATAK helicopters, the last of which was delivered on 31 July.

The initial batch of the army’s new AgustaWestland AW129 Mangusta-derived rotorcraft is already operational, TAI says, which touts it as “the most advanced combat helicopter in its class”.

TAI started delivering the initial batch of nine ‘A’ model attack helicopters in 2014, while the first examples of the rotorcraft in an advanced ‘B’ configuration with advanced weapons are now expected to follow. The A-model types were ordered under an early-entry urgent requirement, and are expected to eventually be converted into B models. […]