Turkish company Turkish Aerospace Industries held the closed presentation of the model of a promising attack helicopter T629, which is armed will have to occupy a niche between light shock T129 ATAK and currently heavy ATAK 2. As written by Aviation Week, due to the “intermediate” position of the helicopter, the Executive Director of Turkish Aerospace Industries Temel Kotil jokingly called his “ATAK one and a half”.
The development of the helicopter T629 maintained by the company Turkish Aerospace Industries with 2017. In 2019, the company defended the project of the helicopter and started Assembly of the first flight model of the car. T629 weight will be 6 tons. For comparison, the mass T129 is 5 tons, and ATAK 2 — 10 tons. Technical details about the new car were not disclosed. At the presentation of the model of the helicopter was equipped with dummies of launchers of unguided rockets caliber 70 milimerov and anti-tank missiles L-UMTAS. The developers plan to conduct the first flight of the T629 before the end of 2020.
The development of this heavy attack helicopter ATAK 2 conducted in Turkey since the beginning of last year. First flight of this machine is planned for the 2024-2025 year. The car will receive two turboshaft engine and can operate at high altitudes and high temperatures. ATAK 2 can carry a payload of 1.2 tons. ATAK 2 will receive aircraft gun, missiles class “air-air” and “air-surface” and unguided rockets caliber 70 millimeters.
At present, Turkey’s attack helicopters of its own design not released. The country produced light attack helicopters T129 ATAK, developed based on the Italian A129 Mangusta. This double machine has a length of 13.5 meters and a height of 3.4 meters. The helicopter maximum take-off weight is equipped with a main rotor diameter of 11.9 meters. T129 can reach a speed of 278 kilometers per hour and to perform flights at a distance of 510 kilometers. The helicopter is armed with 20 mm cannon TM197B and can carry missiles and rockets.