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Turkey tests Atak-2 military helicopter engines

First start of Russian-Ukrainian TV3-117 thrusters

The first T-929 Atak-2 heavy attack helicopter has recently successfully tested the two TV3-117 engines, manufactured by the Ukrainian company Motor Sich in collaboration with the Russian Klimov. The thrusters were fired separately for the first time. The aircraft was developed by the state-owned Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) in cooperation with the Defense Industry Agency (SSB).

"We had a rapid development process, thanks to a fast design mechanism. About two years ago we planned the first flight and decided to bring it forward. We have been producing the components and supplying equipment for about a year. In the last 3-4 months we have carried out the fuselage assembly and completion of our helicopter", Chief Engineer Mehmet Yılmaz explained to Turkish media.

The T-929 helicopter, designed as of 2019, is the successor to the T-129 Atak. The engine tests have just begun and once completed, the track tests will be carried out. After that, the helicopter will be ready for the first flight. The aircraft is powered by two 2500 HP turboshaft engines. It can fly at a cruising speed of 314 km/h. It has an armaments load capacity of 1.5 tons and is equipped with a 30mm cannon. It can be used in various war missions thanks to the presence of air-to-air and air-to-ground missiles.

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AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency