The Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) has received the 20th T129 ATAK helicopter on Sunday in a ceremony attended by Turkish National Defense Minister Fikri Işık and Commander of the Ground Forces Gen. Zeki Çolak.
According to ensonhaber.com, the ATAK helicopter, which was made in Turkey, test fired at targets in a flight demonstration during the ceremony.
The T129 ATAK is a twin-engine, tandem seat, multi-role, all-weather attack helicopter based on the Agusta A129 Mangusta platform. The T129 was developed by Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI), with partner AgustaWestland. The helicopter is designed for advanced attack and reconnaissance in hot and high environments and rough geography in both day and night conditions.
In May 2014, the Turkish Army formally inducted the first nine T129s into service; these initial rotorcraft were to a less advanced interim EDH A-model variant, intended to replace some of the ageing AH-1s in use prior to the introduction of the more capable T129B variant to service.
On 25 April 2015, a pair of T129s were used in combat for the first time in a counter-terrorism operation in the Turkish province of Siirt.