Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) and AgustaWestland test pilots have successfully flown the first prototype of the T129 attack helicopter at the latter’s Cascina Costa facility in Italy.

A version of the Italian army’s AgustaWestland A129 anti-tank helicopter, the aircraft is being developed by the companies in partnership with Turkish firm Aselsan under the ATAK programme.

 T129 firstflight 2

Four additional LHTEC T800-powered prototypes will be built for the test programme, including two at TAI's facilities.

T129 firstflight 1 

The ATAK team intends to provide 50 firm and 41 optional attack and tactical reconnaissance helicopters for the Turkish land forces command with locally supplied avionics, hardware and software.

Source: FlightGlobal.com