Turkey has deployed the first locally-made attack helicopters to the country’s southeast, the military announced Monday.

Two T129 ATAK helicopters have been sent to Siirt province to back up operations against the outlawed PKK.

The two-crew aircraft, which can cruise at 269 kilometers per hour (167 miles per hour) and carry an arsenal of Hellfire missiles and guided rockets, have been assigned to the 3rd Commando Brigade. […]