Ismail Demir, head of Turkey’s Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB), tweeted on 13 November that the Phase 2 (B2) version of the T129 ATAK attack helicopter has conducted its first test flight, fitted with laser warning receivers and other electronic warfare systems. The localisation of T129B2 production has been increased and the first delivery is planned for mid-2020, he said.
Demir told the Turkish NTV channel on 20 February that the ATAK Phase 2 project would increase the helicopter’s payload capacity, which along with design changes would allow it to carry more weapons and protection systems.
Twenty-one ATAK Phase 2 helicopters are planned to be delivered, according to Jane’s industry sources.
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