Philippines to receive first Turkish attack helicopter in Dec

The Philippines will receive its first Turkey-made T129 Tactical Reconnaissance and Attack Helicopter (ATAK) next month, officials from the Southeast Asian country said Wednesday.

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.

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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.

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A joint venture by American firm Honeywell and the British company Rolls-Royce produces the engines powering the T129 helicopters….