The first T129 ATAK Phase-2 helicopter, to be produced by Turkish Aerospace for the Turkish National Police (TNP) within the scope of the T129 Egemen Project, was delivered to its end user at a ceremony held on 25 February. A full-scale model of the unmanned and electric-powered helicopter currently under development at Turkish Aerospace was also showcased for the first time at the ceremony.
The ATAK Phase-2 helicopter is the updated version of the ATAK helicopter, and is equipped with laser warning receivers, radar warning receivers and various electronic warfare systems. The systems on the helicopter are mounted predominantly on the wing tips as well as above and just behind the the chin-mounted gun.
The first Phase-2 ATAK helicopter had been delivered to the Turkish Land Forces shortly before the ceremony. A total of 21 Phase-2 helicopters will be procured by Land Forces Command.
Unmanned and Electric-Powered T629 Unveiled
During the ceremony, a full-scale model of the unmanned T629 helicopter under development by Turkish Aerospace that will be powered by an electric motor, was exhibited for the first time.
Although the company has yet to make any official statement on the subject, its design features many cameras on the fuselage and within the cockpit, indicating that the T629 will be remotely controlled. There is as yet no information, however, on whether the platform will have autonomous capabilities. The main and tail rotors of the T629 have, respectively, five and four blades. T629 being developed as an armed helicopter, incorporates an electro-optic imaging system on the nose and a three-barrel chin mounted gun. Systems similar to laser warning receivers can also be seen on the wing tips of the T629.