Operator: Turkey
Status: In Service/On Order
Number: 9/51
Cost: $208 million
Acquired: 2013
General Specs
Country of origin: Turkey
Role: Multirole attack helicopter
Manufacturer: Turkish Aerospace Industries/AgustaWestland
Introduced: 2011
Power plant: 2 Rolls Royce/ Honeywell LHTEC CTS800-4A
Thrust: 1,361 shp
Rotor diameter: 38 ft (11.9 m)
Width (total):
Length (total): 41 ft (12.5 m)
Height (total): 11.2 ft (3.4 m)
Weight (empty):
Maximum takeoff weight: 11,023 lb (5,000 kg)
Fuel Capacity:
Speed: 167 mph (269 km/h)
Ceiling :
Hover Ceiling: 13,100 ft (3993 m)
Range: 349 miles (561 km)
Crew: 2
Armament: 4 x hardpoints with 661 lb (300 kg) each
Guns: 1 x 20mm turreted 3-barrel gun system (500 rounds)
12.7mm (.50 cal) gun pods (optional
Air-to-air: 2 x air-to-air missiles
Air-to-ground: 12 x 70mm guided or unguided rockets
8 x anti-tank missiles
Radar/Sensors: Target acquisition using electro-optics with laser range finder/designator, FLIR and CCTV
Countermeasures/Defenses: Infrared suppressors
Misc Systems: Aircraft and mission management system (AMMS)
Helmet mounted display system with night vision


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