Turkish Aerospace Industries hopes to complete delivery by year-end of its initial batch of nine T129A attack helicopters for the nation’s land forces.

Developed from the AgustaWestland AW129 under Turkey’s ATAK programme, so far four of the rotorcraft have been handed over in an initial operating capability configuration. This features a 20mm cannon and unguided 70mm rockets.

The subsequent B model – essentially a full operating capability helicopter – will feature laser-guided Cirit rockets and Mizrak anti-tank missiles, both developed by Turkish firm Roketsan, alongside Raytheon FIM-92 Stinger air-to-air munitions. […]