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Fatal 2009 Turkish crash continues to raise questions

Fatal 2009 Turkish crash continues to raise questions

Turkish police have detained 16 people, including 13 military officers (11 active, 2 retired from duty), as part of an investigation into a helicopter crash that killed a politician. President Abdullah Gul has voiced suspicion about the circumstances of the crash after two components, including the flight recorder went missing following the March 2009 accident… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 10-Oct-11

03-Oct-11 Bell UH-1 Mardin province, Turkey

One serious and two minor injuries to the 3 POB

03-Oct-11

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First Turkish-built AW129 flies

First Turkish-built AW129 flies

Turkish Aerospace Industries, Inc. (TAI) is pleased to announce the successful first flight of the first T129 prototype, produced at TAI’s facilities in Ankara, Turkey. The first flight, conducted by TAI’s test pilots, of T129 “P6” prototype helicopter has timely and successfully been completed at TAI’s facilities in Akıncı (Ankara). The ATAK Program was initiated… Read more »

Source: TAI, 26-Aug-11

TAI launches an armed unmanned helicopter

TAI launches an armed unmanned helicopter

Turkish Aerospace Industries has launched a small, armed, unmanned helicopter which it says could prove attractive to Middle Eastern countries as an attractive alternative to the products being produced in Israel.  Read More

27-Jun-11

Kocoglu Aviation AW109 Power fleet reaches 10,000 hour milestone

Kocoglu Aviation AW109 Power fleet reaches 10,000 hour milestone

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that the fleet of eight AW109 Power light twin helicopters of Kocoglu Aviation Inc. of Turkey has achieved the milestone of 10,000 flight hours in just two years. The eight AW109 Powers, operated by Sky Line Transportation Trade Inc., a Kocoglu Group company, have been successfully operating… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 22-Jun-11

Suspicion of sabotage emerges in Istanbul Police Alouette crash

Suspicion of sabotage emerges in Istanbul Police Alouette crash

A police helicopter that crashed into the waters of the Bosporus Strait last week might have been sabotaged, with the surviving pilot saying the engine and rotor of the aircraft experienced unusual vibration, which investigators say might have been caused by electromagnetic waves.

Source: Today's Zaman, 31-May-11

Was Turkish Police Alouette II overloaded in fatal accident?

Was Turkish Police Alouette II overloaded in fatal accident?

A fatal Turkish police SA318C Alouette II crash on Friday has raised a number of questions. The National Police Department Aviation Unit has launched an investigation into the crash, which occurred during a flight to examine Ä°stanbul’s city MOBESE security cameras, which are installed in many streets across the city. The four people killed in… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-May-11

Turkey develops missile for T129 helicopters

Turkey develops missile for T129 helicopters

Turkey’s first active laser-guided missile, the “Cirit,” has been receiving attention from other countries as well, Turkish executives have told the Anatolia news agency.

Source: Hurriyet Daily News, 23-May-11

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20-May-11 Eurocopter SA318C Istanbul, Turkey (4F)

Four of five occupants killed when helicopter crashed into Istanbul Strait.  Pilot, and commander of the Police Aviation Unit, Kemal Ozdemir survived the accident by swimming to safety.  Other passengers were Branch Director of Information Technology Ragip Ali Bilgen and his son, Marine, with a strong second pilot Murat Güçlü and Oray Sarıçay’ın who worked… Read more »

20-May-11

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Genel Havacilik orders first GrandNew for Turkish market

Genel Havacilik orders first GrandNew for Turkish market

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that Genel Havacilik A.S. of Turkey has placed an order for a GrandNew light twin helicopter. The aircraft will be used to perform VIP transport missions and it is expected to be delivered in June 2011. The contract marks the entrance of the GrandNew model into the… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 17-May-11

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Finmeccanica takes part in IDEF 2011

Finmeccanica takes part in IDEF 2011

Finmeccanica – through its companies AgustaWestland, Alenia Aeronautica, Alenia Aermacchi, DRS Technologies,Oto Melara, SELEX Communications, SELEX Galileo, SELEX Sistemi Integrati, Telespazio (Finmeccanica/Thales) and Wass – will take part in IDEF (International Defense Industry Fair) 2011, to be held in Istanbul,Turkey, from 10 to 13 of May. For Finmeccanica, Turkey is first and foremost an industrial… Read more »

Source: Finmeccanica, 12-May-11

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Selex Galileo foresees strategic opportunities within the Turkish market

Selex Galileo foresees strategic opportunities within the Turkish market

SELEX Galileo, a Finmeccanica Company, has been working with Turkey for decades, establishing strong industrial links with a number of local industries. SELEX Galileo is primarily working with foundation companies to develop joint cooperation programmes and establish a vehicle to transfer its latest technologies, with the main objective to support and promote the domestic growth… Read more »

Source: Selex Galileo, 11-May-11

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Arizona court declines Turkish Police MD600 crash relatives’ lawsuit

Arizona court declines Turkish Police MD600 crash relatives’ lawsuit

The company sought dismissal, with its attorneys arguing that Arizona has almost no connection to the lawsuit and that the accident wreckage, aircraft records and accident witnesses are all believed to be located in Turkey in the custody of the national police.

Source: Arizona Republic, 05-May-11

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Sikorsky provides further information on Black Hawks for Turkey

Sikorsky provides further information on Black Hawks for Turkey

STRATFORD, Connecticut – Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. announced that the Defense Industry Executive Committee (DIEC) has selected Sikorsky for a contract involving 109 derivative BLACK HAWK helicopters for multi-mission use by the Turkish Government. Sikorsky Aircraft is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX). Sikorsky will finalize contract details with the Undersecretariat for Defense Industry… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 26-Apr-11

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AgustaWestland issues statement after losing Turkish tender

AgustaWestland issues statement after losing Turkish tender

AgustaWestland is disappointed by the Turkish decision to select the US Sikorsky company for the Turkish Utility Helicopter Programme (TUHP).  The TUHP was conceived from the very beginning as a Black Hawk acquisition project as it was the only suitable model available in the category. AgustaWestland, however, offered Turkey a product partnership to co-develop a… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 25-Apr-11

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Turkey selects Black Hawk over AW149

Turkey selects Black Hawk over AW149

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. announced that the Defense Industry Executive Committee (DIEC) has selected Sikorsky for a contract involving 109 derivative BLACK HAWK helicopters for multi-mission use by the Turkish Government. Sikorsky Aircraft is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX). Sikorsky will finalize contract details with the Undersecretariat for Defense Industry (known in Turkey as SSM)… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 23-Apr-11

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Turkey’s helicopter decision delayed, again

Turkey’s helicopter decision delayed, again

Turkey’s top procurement body has once again delayed a much-expected, multibillion-dollar decision planned for Tuesday to select between Sikorsky and AgustaWestland to lead the production of Turkey’s next generation of military utility helicopters.

Source: Hürriyet Daily News, 13-Apr-11

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Turkish Police seek 10 new light twin helicopters

Turkish Police seek 10 new light twin helicopters

The Turkish Security General Directorate intends to broaden its fleet with ten new helicopters, specifically stating a need to better track suspected criminals and intervening in incidents that could erupt during mass demonstrations. Reports state that they are finding their current MD600 fleet “insufficient in most cases” citing “performance problems, particularly in high temperatures and… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Apr-11

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06-Apr-11 TC-HET Eurocopter EC155B1 Orhangazi, Turkey (1F)

EC155 came down in wooded area of a mountainous region.  Foggy conditions reported.  One fatality, two injured.  The three were Jesus Light,  Ahmet Deniz, and Hadji Ahmed Maples.

06-Apr-11

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Photos show GPS missing from Turkish B206 post-crash

Photos show GPS missing from Turkish B206 post-crash

see also HeliHub.com page for this accident – 25-Mar-09 TC-HEK Bell B206L4 Haci Omerli, Turkey (6F) File Photo

Source: Today's Zaman, 02-Feb-11

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Koçoğlu Aviation takes delivery of another AW109 Power

Koçoğlu Aviation takes delivery of another AW109 Power

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that KoçoÄŸlu Aviation of Turkey has taken delivery of another emergency medical service (EMS) configured AW109 Power light twin engine helicopter. The handover was performed during an official ceremony held at AgustaWestland’s Vergiate plant today in the presence of Turkish Ministry of Health dignitaries as well as… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 28-Jan-11

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Turkish investigators finds politician’s death in helicopter accident “suspicious”

Turkish investigators finds politician’s death in helicopter accident “suspicious”

A recent report prepared by the State Audit Institution (DDK) on a 2009 helicopter accident that killed six people, including Grand Unity Party (BBP) leader Muhsin Yazıcıoğlu, has found the deaths “suspicious.”  HeliHub.com page for this accident is here.  File photo

Source: World Bulletin, 26-Jan-11

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Turkey fines Sikorsky over Seahawk delivery delay

Turkey fines Sikorsky over Seahawk delivery delay

Turkey has demanded one more Sikorsky S-70B helicopter from the company as a fine for not delivering the helicopters on time, a Ministry of Defense official told Cihan news agency, speaking on the condition of anonymity.

Source: World Bulletin, 21-Jan-11

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Turkey establishes separate helicopter procurement office

Turkey establishes separate helicopter procurement office

Turkey’s Defense Procurement Agency has divided its aviation department into two divisions. This represents the first time the Turkey’s Defense Procurement Agency has established a divisional unit to deal exclusively with helicopter projects

Source: UPI, 18-Jan-11

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Sikorsky sweetens Turkey Black Hawk bid

Sikorsky sweetens Turkey Black Hawk bid

Sikorsky would guarantee that Turkey would do repair and maintenance work worth $1 billion on S-70i Black Haw International helicopters belonging to third countries.

Source: Hurriyet, 17-Jan-11

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10-Jan-11 Bell UH-1H Polatli, Turkey (5F)

Television stations cited the military as saying officials had reached the wreckage, but fog covered the area.  It was a Bell UH-1 on a night training mission

10-Jan-11

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Turkey orders nine more T129s

Turkey orders nine more T129s

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a contract for nine T129 combat helicopters. The contract is valued at €150 million also including a spare parts package. The nine T129 helicopters will be assembled by Turkish Aerospace Industries, Inc. (TAI) and delivered by mid 2012 in a basic configuration,… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 09-Nov-10

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Turkey and AgustaWestland to sign A129T deal this week

Turkey and AgustaWestland to sign A129T deal this week

Turkey and AgustaWestland will sign a contract this week for the urgent production of nine T129 attack helicopters, the company’s top official announced today

Source: Defense News, 26-Oct-10

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United Helicopter Services brings together operators in France, Brazil, Portugal and Turkey

United Helicopter Services brings together operators in France, Brazil, Portugal and Turkey

HeliPortugal, SAF Helicopters of France, Santay Air of Turkey and Brazilian operator HeliBarra have joined forces to grab greater global attention in the markets they serve and get the benefit of economies of scale enjoyed by their larger competitors

Source: Shephard Group, 10-Oct-10

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Sikorsky offers $Billions in benefits to win Turkish deal

Sikorsky offers $Billions in benefits to win Turkish deal

Aside from a manufacturing deal, Sikorsky also is proposing to buy $1.3 billion worth of Turkish-made helicopter parts, set up a regional Black Hawk support base there and invest in a future Turkish project to build a light utility helicopter.

Source: Defense News, 06-Oct-10

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Turkish Government denounces reports of block on Cobra purchase

Turkish Government denounces reports of block on Cobra purchase

Turkish FM denounced news reports alleging that U.S. House of Representatives had bowed in to pressure from Jewish lobbies to cancel some weapons sales to Turkey.

Source: World Bulletin, 09-Sep-10

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Turkish minister reveals purchase of 27 attack helicopters

Turkish minister reveals purchase of 27 attack helicopters

Defense Minister Vecdi Gönül has said that, in addition to an earlier decision to buy nine Italian AgustaWestland-made A129 attack helicopters, Turkey has also decided to lease nine A129s to meet the urgent needs of the Turkish military.

Source: Today's Zaman, 30-Jun-10

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Turkey to buy nine extra attack helicopters

Turkey to buy nine extra attack helicopters

Turkey urgently will launch talks to buy nine additional T129 attack helicopters being built by a group led by the Italian-British manufacturer AgustaWestland.

Source: Hurriyet, 25-Jun-10

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10-Jun-10 (Serial TBA) Sikorsky UH-60 Tokat Province, Turkey (4F)

Local press reports seem undecided whether there were 3 or 4 or 5 fatalities

10-Jun-10

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Turkey orders two EC145s for airport security tasks

Turkey orders two EC145s for airport security tasks

The Turkish State Airport Administration (DHMI), a subsidiary of the Turkish Ministry of Transport and the Eurocopter Group today confirmed a contract for two EC145 helicopters, at the ILA trade fair in Berlin Germany. The aircrafts are the first of their kind to be delivered to the Turkish government and they are equipped for the… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 09-Jun-10

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Turkey negotiating with Boeing for 12 CH-47F Chinooks

Turkey negotiating with Boeing for 12 CH-47F Chinooks

fficials from a Turkish procurement agency are holding contract negotiations with Boeing for a helicopter deal worth up to $1.2 billion, officials said

Source: Hurriyet, 30-Apr-10

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Aselsan selects Thales cooperation for Turkey’s ATAK T129 Mangusta program

Aselsan selects Thales cooperation for Turkey’s ATAK T129 Mangusta program

Turkey’s Undersecretariat for Defence Industries (SSM) selected Aselsan to develop and produce the Helmet Integrated Cueing System (HICS) for the Turkish T129 tactical reconnaissance and attack helicopter. Used for situational awareness and weapon cueing, the HICS system will incorporate latestgeneration image intensifier tubes for tactical night flight. The wide-field (40°) binocular cueing system will display… Read more »

Source: Thales, 21-Apr-10

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Turkey requests 12 CH-47F Chinooks

Turkey requests 12 CH-47F Chinooks

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress December 7 of a possible Foreign Military Sale to Turkey of 14 CH-47F CHINOOK Helicopters, as well as associated parts, equipment, training and logistical support for a complete package worth approximately $1.2 billion.

Source: DSCA, 10-Dec-09

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04-Dec-09 (Serial TBA) UH-1 Samandira, Turkey

04-Dec-09

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Turkey’s Premier Says Mass Production Of Atak Helicopters In 2013

Turkey’s Premier Says Mass Production Of Atak Helicopters In 2013

The Turkish prime minister said on Wednesday that the mass production of ATAK helicopters in Turkey would begin in 2013.

Source: Turk Net, 20-Nov-09

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06-Nov-09 (serial TBA) Bell AH-1 Siirt, Turkey

06-Nov-09

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Nine NATO countries sign declaration of intent for Mi-17 helicopter initiative

Nine NATO countries sign declaration of intent for Mi-17 helicopter initiative

The Declaration of Intent was signed by the Czech Republic, Albania, Hungary, Norway, Poland, Slovakia, Spain, Turkey and the UK. This will provide the necessary political mandate to start mitigating critical utility helicopter shortfalls, particularly in the conduct of ISAF operations in Afghanistan.

Source: ISRIA, 27-Oct-09

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US to sell Cobra helicopters to Turkey

Until the attack helicopters that Turkey will produce in cooperation with Italian Agusta Westland over the next five years begin to enter service, the Cobras are planned to be used as an interim measure.

Source: Zaman, 26-Oct-09

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ATAK Team Announce T129 Maiden Flight

ATAK Team Announce T129 Maiden Flight

AgustaWestland is pleased to announce that the ATAK Team, comprising Turkish Aerospace Industries, Inc. (TAI), Aselsan and AgustaWestland, has successfully performed the maiden flight of the first T129 prototype.

Source: AgustaWestland, 30-Sep-09

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PHOTO OF THE DAY: Turkish Police MD600N

Turkish Police MD600N

Source: Airliners.net, 17-Sep-09

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Turkey Eyes Light Utility Helicopter Production

Turkey plans to develop and produce its own light utility helicopter over the next 10 years and is open to cooperation with other countries, Ankara’s defense procurement agency said in its latest official report on strategy objectives.

Source: Defense News, 11-Sep-09

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Former Sikorsky employee involved in Turkish military tender fraud case

Letter found in suspect’s home suggests that individuals accepted a bribe from helicopter manufacturer Sikorsky in a Gendarmerie General Command tender.

Source: Todays Zaman, 01-Sep-09

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Kazan Helicopter Plant hosts mayor of Istanbul

July, 24 was held the official visit of two important visitors on the Kazan helicopter plant. The Interest to manufacture of the world famous helicopters of mark “Mi” and ANSAT was shown by the mayor of the city of Kazan Ilsur Metshin and the mayor of Istanbul Kadir Topbas.

Source: Kazan, 31-Jul-09

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15-Jul-09 Bell UH-1H Derekarabag, Bolvadin County, Turkey

15-Jul-09

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Kocoglu Aviation rapidly builds Turkish EHMS fleet

Source: EBAN, 10-Jul-09

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Turkish helicopter winner decision is delayed

Source: Hurriyet, 07-Jul-09

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Turkey set to choose this week between UH-60 and AW149

Source: Hurriyet, 29-Jun-09

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Kocoglu Aviation To Operate Six AW109 Powers

Source: AgustaWestland, 23-Jun-09

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18-Jun-09 ER-KGA Kamov Ka32T Mugla Province, Turkey (2F)

18-Jun-09 ER-KGA Kamov Ka32T Mugla Province, Turkey

18-Jun-09

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Turkish operator Koçoðlu Aviation to receive new EC135 helicopters

Source: EADS, 16-Jun-09

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Turkey sends delegation to Russia for Mi-28 attack helicopters

Source: Today's Zaman, 09-Jun-09

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Helicopter damaged by low bridge during ground transportation in Turkey

Source: Today's Zaman, 09-Jun-09

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AgustaWestland Opens New Dedicated T129 Facility

AgustaWestland Opens New Dedicated T129 Facility

AgustaWestland opens its new T129 facility in Cascina Costa, Italy. The official opening ceremony was attended by delegates from the Turkish Undersecretariat for Defence Industries (SSM), Turkish Land Force Command and Turkish General Staff as well as industry representatives from Turkish Aerospace Industries Inc. (TAI) and Aselsan.

Source: AgustaWestland, 29-May-09

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Selex Galileo formally included in AgustaWestland T129 Programme for Turkey

Source: Selex, 30-Apr-09

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Sikorsky and Alp Aviation sign MOU to explore International Black Hawk Transmission Manufacturing in Turkey

Source: Sikorsky, 29-Apr-09

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Sikorsky plans $8 billion worth of work for Turkey in copter deal

Source: Daily Star, 28-Apr-09

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AgustaWestland Unveils TUHP-149 Helicopter To Meet The Turkish Utility Helicopter Programme

AgustaWestland Unveils TUHP-149 Helicopter To Meet The Turkish Utility Helicopter Programme

AgustaWestland unveiled a full scale mock-up of the TUHP 149 helicopter at IDEF 2009 in Istanbul today. The TUHP 149 is the AgustaWestland candidate for the Turkish Utility Helicopter Programme (TUHP). It is a new generation 8.1 ton medium lift multi-role helicopter designed to meet the military requirements of Turkish end users.

Source: AgustaWestland, 27-Apr-09

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UTair Europe awarded summer fire fighting contract in Turkey

Source: UTair, 16-Apr-09

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Turkey to decide in June between AW149, ‘T-70’ Black Hawk

Source: Flightglobal, 11-Apr-09

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25-Mar-09 TC-HEK Bell B206L4 Haci Omerli, Turkey (6F)

25-Mar-09 TC-HEK Bell B206L4 Haci Omerli, Turkey

25-Mar-09

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07-Mar-09 Bell AH-1 Buyukcaylak region of Pinarbasi town in Kayseri province, Turkey (2F)

7-Mar-09 Bell AH-1 Buyukcaylak region of Pinarbasi town in Kayseri province, Turkey

07-Mar-09

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Turkey’s ATAK helicopter to be airborne before end of 2009

Source: Today's Zaman, 01-Mar-09

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İzmir Atatürk Education and Research Hospital adds A109

Source: Hurriyet, 12-Feb-09

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31-Jan-09 SP-HDV Eurocopter EC135T2 near Mudurnu, Turkey (2F)

31-Jan-09 SP-HDV Eurocopter EC135T2 near Mudurnu, Turkey

31-Jan-09

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Turbomeca and Turkey sign a support contract for the Makila 1A1 powering the Cougar state helicopters

Source: Turbomeca, 06-Jan-09

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The Contract Of The ATAK Program Becomes Effective

The Contract Of The ATAK Program Becomes Effective

Source: AgustaWestland, 24-Jun-08

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AgustaWestland Opens New Regional Business Headquarters In Turkey

AgustaWestland Opens New Regional Business Headquarters In Turkey

Source: AgustaWestland, 01-May-08

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Kaan Havacilik Takes Delivery Of Its First Two AW109 Powers

Kaan Havacilik Takes Delivery Of Its First Two AW109 Powers

Source: AgustaWestland, 30-Apr-08

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Kaan Havacilik Orders Six AgustaWestland Helicopters

Kaan Havacilik Orders Six AgustaWestland Helicopters

Source: AgustaWestland, 26-Feb-08

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