The Turkish T129 is a formidable twin-engine multi-role attack helicopter jointly designed and manufactured by Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) and Italy-based AgustaWestland, catering to the specific requirements of the Turkish Armed Forces.
The T129 is designed to perform a diverse range of missions, including combat, armed reconnaissance, armed escort, deep strike, fire support, precision strike, security, and suppression of enemy air defenses.
The helicopter is capable of operating in both day and night conditions, providing flexibility in various operational environments. It is equipped to handle adverse weather conditions.
T129 features a five-bladed main rotor with a diameter of 11.9 meters, providing stability and maneuverability. It also includes a two-bladed tail rotor.
The T129 is armed with a variety of weapons, including 76 x 70 mm Classic Rockets, 8 x UMTAS Anti-Tank Missiles, a 20 mm turreted gun with 500 rounds, 16 x 70 mm CIRIT Guided ATGM Missiles, 8 x STINGER Air-to-Air Missiles, and more.
The helicopter has four wing store stations that allow for a flexible configuration of weapons and equipment to suit different mission requirements.
Recently, T129 has seen international adoption, with deliveries to foreign military forces, such as the Nigerian Air Force. with the confirmation of the first two out of six helicopters from Turkish Aerospace Industries. The remaining helicopters are expected to arrive before the second quarter of 2024, enhancing Nigeria’s aerial capabilities.
With a maximum takeoff weight (MTOW) of 5,065 kg, the T129 exhibits exceptional performance metrics.
T129 is powered by two Turboshaft Engines, specifically the LHTEC – CTS800-4A, each providing take-off power of 1,024 kW.
The Turkish T129 is emerging as a strong competitor among contemporary attack helicopters such as the Tiger, Z-10, and LCH Prachand.
With a unit cost of approximately US$50 million, the T129 is positioned as a cost-effective option for nations seeking advanced multi-role attack capabilities.
The T929 ATAK 2 heavy attack helicopter, is a heavier and larger variant of the T129. The rotorcraft, created under the ATAK-2 programme and powered by Ukrainian-made engines, is anticipated to be handed to the Turkish Army starting in 2025,