Turkey recently unveiled the ATAK II helicopter, marking a significant advancement in the field of advanced military aircraft. This cutting-edge rotorcraft represents a formidable contender in the world of attack helicopters, poised to challenge the long-standing dominance of the renowned AH-64 Apache.
A strong competitor to the AH-64 Apache, the ATAK II has a number of advancements over its predecessor. It has an improved avionics system, a more potent engine, improved survivability features, and a longer mission range. The ATAK II can now operate successfully in a variety of combat situations, such as close air support, anti-armor missions, armed reconnaissance, and missions.
With a range of innovative features, enhanced capabilities, and state-of-the-art technology, the ATAK II is a testament to Turkey’s commitment to indigenous defense production and its ambition to secure a prominent position on the global military stage.
The ATAK II is an upgraded version of the original T-129 ATAK helicopter, which was jointly developed by the Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) and AgustaWestland (now Leonardo) of Italy. The original ATAK was itself an impressive attack helicopter, but the ATAK II aims to further enhance its combat capabilities and address any shortcomings identified through operational experience.
The ATAK II, which will make its maiden flight in the spring of 2023, is powered by two Ukrainian TV3-117 engines that have a combined output of 2500 hp. TAI and SBS are creating the ATAK II. A payload of 1500 kg is possible for the helicopter. 11,500 kg is the helicopter’s highest allowable takeoff weight.
For both Ukraine and Turkey, ATAK II is crucial. While the latter will attempt to gain market share on a worldwide scale, the former will be able to promote its propulsion systems. With a maximum take-off weight of 9,500 kg and 7,000 kg, respectively, the new helicopter is positioned as a rival to the AH-64 Apache.
A brand-new T929 attack helicopter also offers the first clear view of the nearly finished prototype. The rotorcraft, created under the ATAK-2 program and powered by Ukrainian-made engines, is anticipated to be handed to the Turkish Army starting in 2025, according to officials.
The cockpit has a big area display and can withstand ballistics up to 12.7 mm bullets. Six weapon stations, including freefall bombs, guided air-to-surface and air-to-air missiles, and guided and unguided rockets, are located on the stub wings, which can hold up to 1,200 kg of armaments. In addition, it has an Aselsan forward-looking electro-optic/infrared turret and a T-30H 30 mm chain cannon positioned on the chin.
This ATAK II helicopter could be a competitor to Apache and Russsian Ka-52 Kamov. The latest helicopter can be upgraded with advanced weaponry and avionics which is developed by Turkish aerospace and it will look forward for international customers for this helicopter Indonesia, Pakistan, and Egypt countries.
From Doha to the World: The Legacy of Akbar Al Baker at Qatar Airways: Honoured with APEX CEO Lifetime Achievement Award
In the organization’s five-decade history, the APEX CEO Lifetime Achievement Award has only been given six times, including the most recent award given to H.E. Mr. Al Baker. This esteemed honour is given only to visionaries and leaders in the industry who drive advancement in the aviation business while also elevating their brands.
Akbar Al Baker is a prominent figure in the aviation industry and has served as the CEO of Qatar Airways for many years. Here’s a brief overview of his story:
On September 22, 1961, Akbar Al Baker was born in Doha, Qatar. He completed his studies in Qatar before moving to India to attend Aligarh Muslim University to study economics and business. He joined Qatar’s Civil Aviation Directorate after completing his education to start his aviation career.
Akbar Al Baker was chosen to lead Qatar Airways, the nation of Qatar’s state-owned national airline, in 1997. Qatar Airways underwent a substantial turnaround and expansion under his direction. He was crucial in making the airline into one of the top carriers in the world, renowned for its opulent service, cutting-edge aircraft, and extensive global network.
Some key highlights of Akbar Al Baker’s tenure at Qatar Airways include:
- Fleet Expansion: Under Al Baker’s leadership, Qatar Airways expanded its fleet with state-of-the-art aircraft, including the introduction of the Airbus A380 and Boeing 787 Dreamliner to its fleet.
- Award-Winning Service: Qatar Airways has won numerous awards for its service quality, including Skytrax’s “Airline of the Year” multiple times during his tenure.
- Hub Development: Al Baker oversaw the development of Hamad International Airport in Doha, which has become a major hub in the Middle East for international travel.
- Alliance Memberships: Qatar Airways became a member of the Oneworld alliance, strengthening its global network and partnerships with other leading airlines.
- Crisis Management: During his tenure, Qatar Airways successfully navigated through challenging times, including the 2017 blockade imposed by neighboring countries, which led to the suspension of air travel to several destinations.
Akbar Al Baker is renowned for his hands-on leadership style and for holding the airline to a high standard. He is also renowned for making direct and occasionally controversial comments about business-related issues. In the very competitive airline sector, his leadership has significantly contributed to Qatar Airways’ expansion and success.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker Honoured with Prestigious APEX CEO Lifetime Achievement Award
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker was celebrated by the Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) as the recipient of the CEO Lifetime Achievement Award, which recognizes industry leaders for their dedication, efforts, and commitment to enhancing the passenger experience. The APEX/IFSA Awards Ceremony took place at APEX/IFSA Global EXPO in Long Beach, California on 20 September, where H.E. Mr. Akbar Al Baker also accepted three awards for the airline.
Qatar Airways was also awarded with three more APEX Awards, solidifying the airline’s status as one of the world’s leading airlines. The following titles presented to Qatar Airways were based exclusively on certified passenger votes: 2024 APEX World Class Award, APEX Award for Best Entertainment in the Middle East, and the APEX Award for Global Best Food & Beverage.
Qatar Airways Group is a unique organization that encompasses multiple subsidiaries and works in synergy to create the smoothest travel journey including airport ground services, onboard catering, private jet travel, and more. Qatar Airways continues to work in line with its promise to provide all passengers with the most seamless and luxurious travel experience in the world, now adding an additional four prestigious awards to the multi-award-winning airline’s accreditation.
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Austrian Ministry of Defense selects the C-390 Millennium as its new military transport aircraft
The Austrian Ministry of Defense announced today the decision to select the C-390 Millennium aircraft as its new tactical transport solution. Embraer is honored to be chosen to support this important Air Force in Europe.
Austria joins Brazil, Portugal, Hungary, and the Netherlands as the future operators of the C-390 Millennium multi-mission platform, an aircraft that is rapidly redefining the standards of tactical transport in the world defense market.
Embraer is ready to support the Austrian Ministry of Defense and Air Force in order to meet the demanding requirements of their acquisition process and is prepared to further strengthen the relationship with this nation.
U.S. F-35 Fighter Jet Missing in South Carolina, and Asks Public for Help
A US fighter jet went missing in South Carolina during a training mishap. According to US military officials, the search for his missing aircraft was centered on two lakes north of North Charleston.
At around 2 p.m. (local time), the pilot evacuated and safely parachuted into a North Charleston neighborhood. He was transferred to a nearby hospital, where he was in stable condition.
Military officials appealed to the public for assistance with finding the aircraft on Twitter.
Authorities stated that they are currently looking into the cause of the pilot’s ejection. According to Salinas, the pilot of a second F-35 made a safe landing at Joint Base Charleston. The pilots and their aircraft were part of the Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501, which is stationed in Beaufort, which is close to the Atlantic coast of South Carolina.
According to base authorities, they were conducting a search over two lakes to the north of Charleston in collaboration with federal aviation authorities. Each of the aircraft, made by Lockheed Martin, cost about USD 80 million.
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