Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) and Ukrainian engine manufacturer Motor Sich have signed a contract for the supply of engines for the ATAK-II helicopter, the airframer announced yesterday. Motor Sich will supply 14 engines between September 2022 and 2025. The most recently announced plans call for first flight in 2023. The T929 ATAK-II helicopter is a much scaled-up version of the Leonardo-lineage T129, with approximately twice the take-off weight of its Italian forebear, of which Turkey currently operates 35.
Making statements on the subject, TUSAŞ General Manager Prof. Dr. Temel Kotil (on the right in the image below) said: “As we promised, we have completed another important and critical phase for our Heavy Class Attack helicopter, which will fly in 2023. We launched the project, which we signed under the leadership of our President of Defense Industries in 2019, with a new contract 2 years later. Hopefully, as TAI, we will make an assertive entry to 2023 in the 100th year of our Republic.”