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Philippines To Receive First Turkish Attack Helicopter This Month

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Southeast Asian country Philippines to receive first Turkish Attack Helicopter this Month. 

The Philippines bought six choppers worth approximately $280 million (TL 3.37 billion). 

Philippines To Receive First Turkish Attack Helicopter This Month

Philippines will this month receive its first Turkey-made T129 Tactical Reconnaissance and Attack Helicopter (ATAK), according to officials from the Southeast Asian country.

The country has ordered six of the helicopters designed and developed by Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI), which will be delivered gradually as of December, said the incumbent chief of the Philippines’ air force, Lt. Gen. Allen Trio Paredes.

Paredes announced the development via his social media accounts.





Philippines To Receive First Turkish Attack Helicopter This Month - autojosh

The Philippines which is buying six choppers worth approximately $280 million (TL 3.37 billion) will be the first country abroad to use the ATAK.

The sale process gained momentum after the United States approved export licenses to Turkey for the sale of the helicopter, powered by an American engine, to the Philippines in May.

Philippine Defense Minister Delfin Lorenzana announced back on Dec. 7, 2018, that the country would initially purchase six T129 helicopters.

Philippines To Receive First Turkish Attack Helicopter This Month - autojosh

Subsequently, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between Ankara and Manila for the sale of the choppers, which had been delayed due to the export license barrier.

A joint venture by American firm Honeywell and the British company Rolls-Royce produces the engines powering the T129 helicopters, namely the LHTEC T800-4A turboshaft engines, which are mounted in pairs on each helicopter. Foreign companies are obligated to obtain export permits for U.S. military-grade commercial sales.





The TAI has so far delivered a total of 61 T129 ATAK helicopters to the Turkish Land Forces Command, the Gendarmerie General Command, and the General Directorate of Security.





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