Turkish Police receive first T129 ATAK helicopter

Turkish Police receive first T129 ATAK helicopter 21 Feb, 21, Source: HeliHub

In a move that is sure to raise eyebrows in various other nations, the Turkish Police Department (“Emniyet Teşkilatı”) has taken delivery of a licence-built T129 ATAK helicopter from local manufacturer Turkish Aerospace Industries. With a number of different law enforcement agencies in Turkey, it is important to note that this is the Police organisation that comes under the remit of the General Directorate of Security – the more civilian force. The same organisation that flies a fleet of 15 blue and white Bell 429s, and not the military-style Jandarma, the military style agency whose agents are supplied and trained by the Turkish Army.

The acquisition was announced on Twitter by Minister of Interior Süleyman Soylu with a message which translates as “Our police took delivery of the first ATAK helicopter. Welcome ATAK. TRUST FRIENDLY P-ATTACK THE ENEMY HelicopterFlag of Turkey. Thank you, Mr. President … We express our gratitude on behalf of the Police Department.”

Jeremy Parkin – HeliHub.com

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