It was decided to develop and equip T129 ATAK Helicopter with Turkey-specific national capabilities to meet the Turkish Armed Forces’ attack helicopter need.
A program was initiated under an agreement signed on September 7, 2007, and TUSAS undertook the platform, system integration, production system engineering for all projects and lifecycle logistics support as the Main Contractor.
Following the entry of the agreement into force in 2008, the helicopter flew for the first time on August 17, 2011, and about 95% of the initial part of the helicopter is manufactured by domestic means in Turkey, and its entire mission equipment has been redesigned in accordance with the requests and experience of the Land Forces Command.
The first delivery of T129 ATAK Helicopter was made to the Land Forces Command on April 22, 2014, and as of February 2021, 60 helicopters have been delivered to the Land Forces Command, Gendarmerie General Command of the Ministry of Interior and the General Directorate of Security of the Ministry of Interior.
Optimized for heavy weapon loads and challenging “hot temperature-high altitude” missions, T129 ATAK Helicopter has been developed by national means and capabilities to meet the Turkish Ared Forces’ attack helicopter needs, and the delivered helicopters effectively perform missions during the operations of the Turkish Armed Forces with high maneuverability and performance in night and day conditions.
As part of the ATAK Program, T129 ATAK Helicopters will be delivered including 91 helicopters in total to the Turkish Land Forces including 59 definitely and 32 optionally, 27 helicopters in total to the Ministry of Interior including 24 definitely and 3 optionally, 30 helicopters to the Pakistan Air Forces and 6 helicopters to the Philippines Air Forces.