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Turkey inducts EDH-standard T129 attack helicopters

Ankara has formally inducted the first nine Turkish Aerospace Industries T129 attack helicopters, marking the end of deliveries of the interim-standard EDH model.

Derived from the AgustaWestland AW129 by TAI and Aselsan under Turkey’s ATAK requirement, deliveries of the rotorcraft began in April 2012.

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The EDH model is designed to cover an urgent operational need to replace some of the Turkish army’s Bell AH-1 Cobras, but lacks the anti-tank missiles to be carried by the eventual T129B variant.

Flightglobal’s Ascend Online database records the Turkish army as having a total of 59 of the attack type on order.

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