Azerbaijan and the Turkish T-129 ATAK Helicopter
Azerbaijan will purchase 60 T-129 ATAK helicopters manufactured by Turkey, the Sabah newspaper reported on Monday.
According to the report, Azerbaijan ordered T-129 ATAK helicopters from the Turkish aerospace company Türk Havacılık ve Uzay Sanayii (TAI), and mass production will begin in this year.
Purchase of 60 helicopters, specially manufactured for Azerbaijan, will cost $3 billion.
Besides Azerbaijan, UAE, Malaysia, Pakistan and Jordan showed an interest in buying helicopters.
Turkish-made ATAK combat helicopters are part of the state program aimed at ensuring the Turkish army with arms, equipment and outfit of own production. Currently, Turkey has achieved self-sufficiency in this sector at 50 percent.
Turkish T-129 ATAK helicopters can reach speeds of up to 300 kilometers per hour, to fly in any weather conditions and poor visibility.
Source: BAKU, Azerbaijan -Trend News Agency;News – 8 February 2013
Photo: The Azerbaijan Air Force buying Turkish T-129 light attack helicopter have been denied (Photo by TAI)