Turkiye delivers 2 'ATAK' helicopters to Philippines

Turkiye has delivered two ATAK helicopters, a twin-engine air vehicle developed by Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI), to the Philippines, the head of the Presidency of Defense Industries (SSB) has announced, marking the first delivery to a foreign country.

“We are happy to witness a historical moment,” SSB head İsmail Demir said during the delivery ceremony in the Col Jesus Villamor Airbase in Pasay City.

An ATAK helicopter is an all-weather attack helicopter having a unit cost of roughly $50 million. The first flight testing of the helicopter’s prototype took place on Sept. 28, 2009.

“With the agreement signed with SSB and the Philippines Defense Ministry, the defense cooperation has reached a state-to-state level,” Demir said and offered to hold the Joint Defense Industries Work Group meeting in Manila.

Naming the Turkish defense companies TUSAŞ, Aselsan and Roketsan, Demir said, “Our companies are willing to cooperate with friendly nations in the field of technology, joint production and marketing.”

The Turkish Aviation and Space Industry Company, which delivered the first two "T129" attack helicopters to the Philippine Air Force in the past months, will deliver the remaining two helicopters in 2024.

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