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Philippine Air Force Receives the Last Two Turkish-Made Attack Heli T129 “ATAK”

Filipina memesan enam buah helikopter penyerang T129 ATAK bernilai US$269 juta (RM1.3 billion) dalam kontrak kerajaan kepada kerajaan (G-to-G) dengan Turkiye yang telah ditandatangani pada Julai tahun 2020.

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(DEFENCE SECURITY ASIA) — The Philippine Air Force (PAF) has received the final two of six T129 ATAK attack helicopters purchased from Turkey.

 These helicopters were handed over to the 15th Strike Wing stationed at Sangley Point in Cavite.

The Philippines secured these six T129 attack helicopters in a government-to-government deal valued at US$269 million (RM1.3 billion) with Turkey, which was signed in July 2020.

This acquisition is part of the Horizon 2 Phase Two acquisition program, which aims to continuously modernize the Armed Forces of the Philippines through the implementation of various military asset procurement initiatives.

According to a Facebook post by the 15th Strike Wing, it has received two helicopters, designated as numbers 1505 and 1506.

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The Philippine Air Force (PAF) has received the final two of six T129 ATAK attack helicopters purchased from Turkey.

 

The post further stated that these attack helicopters will enhance the combat capabilities of the Philippine Air Force, addressing the ‘capability gap’ and urban warfare challenges.

 The Philippine News Agency (PNA) quoted the Philippine Air Force stating that the two T129 ATAK helicopters performed a “low pass” before landing on the runway.

During taxiing, a water cannon salute was rendered to these Turkish-made attack helicopters, which are now part of the Philippine Armed Forces arsenal.

The Philippines began receiving these armed helicopters on March 9, 2022, transported by an Airbus A400M cargo aircraft.

The T129 “ATAK” helicopters are equipped with dual engines capable of night-time missions using night vision goggles (NVG).

They are outfitted with advanced surveillance and targeting equipment, enhancing their observational capabilities alongside their targeting systems.

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The Philippines secured these six T129 attack helicopters in a government-to-government deal valued at US$269 million (RM1.3 billion) with Turkey, which was signed in July 2020.
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The T129 ATAK helicopter is designed primarily for two main roles: close air support (CAS) and utility missions.

 

This allows the ATAK to provide fire support while minimizing collateral damage.

The T129 ATAK helicopter is designed primarily for two main roles: close air support (CAS) and utility missions.

 For CAS missions, the T129A ATAK variant can carry up to 76 70mm caliber rockets and a 20mm cannon with 500 rounds.

Meanwhile, the T129B ATAK variant, suited for utility missions, can carry up to eight UMTAS anti-tank guided missiles, 12 CIRIT laser-guided rockets, two STINGER guided missiles, and a 20mm cannon with 500 rounds.– DSA

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