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TAI ATAK-2

Twin-Seat, Twin-Engine Dedicated Attack Helicopter

TAI ATAK-2

Twin-Seat, Twin-Engine Dedicated Attack Helicopter

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Overview



The TAI ATAK-2 Attack Helicopter, announced in early 2019, will make use of components and experience gained with the T-129 and T-625 helicopter programs.
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ORIGIN: Turkey
YEAR: 2026
STATUS: In-Development
MANUFACTURER(S): Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) - Turkey
PRODUCTION: 0
OPERATORS: Turkey (planned)
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Technical Specifications



Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the TAI ATAK-2 model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.
CREW: 2
POWER: POSSIBLE: 2 x General Electric T700 turboshaft engines developing 3,000 horsepower each and driving a five-bladed main rotor unit and four-bladed tail rotor unit.
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PROPOSED:
1 x 30mm automatic cannon in powered chin turret.

Assumed support for rocket pods, gun pods, Anti-Tank Guided Missiles (ATGMs), air-to-surface missiles, short-range air-to-air missiles, jettisonable fuel tanks and other in-service Turkish Army/Air Force ordnance.

Up to 2,645lb of ordnance.

Up to 2,645lb of ordnance-carrying capability across six total wingstub hardpoints (three hardpoints to a wing) is estimated by program officials.
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Variants / Models



• ATAK 2 - Base Project Designation.


History



Detailing the development and operational history of the TAI ATAK-2 Twin-Seat, Twin-Engine Dedicated Attack Helicopter.  Entry last updated on 5/22/2019. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com.
The heavy presence of Main Battle Tanks (MBTs) throughout the Middle East Theater requires the nation of Turkey, with its growing military industrial base, to invest in tank-killing solutions. As such, Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) is drawing up plans to produce a follow-up to its T-129 ATAK dedicated two-seat attack helicopter (detailed elsewhere on this site) in the announced "ATAK-2" project. While the T-129 is billed as a Turkish helicopter product, its roots still lie in the Italian-originated Agusta A129 "Mongoose" attack platform. With the ATAK-2, the company will be able to develop a wholly-Turkish armed attack helicopter to rival designs seen in both East and West - with capabilities akin to the storied Boeing AH-64 "Apache" line of the United States Army.

Preliminary design plans covering a potential attack helicopter for the Turkish Army were first revealed in 2017.

The Army requirement specifically seeks a twin-engine form with these units outputting in the 3,000 horsepower range. Among other specifications include a war load near 2,650lb.

Per TAI marketing, the ATAK-2 will make use of existing components and experienced gained in development of the T-129 attack platform (currently in service with the Turkish Army) and the upcoming T-625 twin-engine medium-lift transport helicopter. Key systems to be carried over include the proven gearbox, rotors, and undercarriage components (the latter of a wheeled "tail-dragger" type).

Based on published renderings, the proposed ATAK-2 will make use of a twin-engine configuration (side-by-side installations) with full IR protection to provide the needed performance power as well as survivability in contested areas. This will be used to drive a five-bladed composite main rotor unit along with a four-bladed tail rotor unit. The main rotor unit will be mounted low against the top of the helicopter while the tail rotor will be facing starboard.

The helicopter will seat its crew of two in tandem (pilot and gunner) through a stepped configuration with full armoring already seen in other modern attack types like the AH-64. Along the sides of the fuselage will be installed wing stubs with three hard points each, these supporting the usual attack helicopter weapon systems such as Anti-Tank Guided Missiles (ATGMs), gun pods, rocket pods, short-ranged Air-to-Air Missiles (AAMs), and (possibly) fuel tanks (the latter for extended operational ranges). The wing tips also appear to host/house special systems to aid the helicopter in search-tracking-engagement actions. Under the "chin" position of the aircraft will be fitted a fully-powered triple-barreled Gatling-style automatic cannon, most likely of 20mm caliber.

Should the ATAK-2 program come to fruition, it will be a considerable step for both Turkish defense industry and the Turkish Army, providing the service with a homegrown solution to an ongoing requirement.

It has been noted by project officials that the homegrown ATAK-2 product will not directly supercede the existing fleet of T-129 ATAK attack helicopters still entering service with the Turkish Army in number but instead operate alongside them in an "armed scouting role" as a one-two punch (in the same way the U.S. Army operates OH-58 Kiowa Warrios alongside AH-64 Longbow Apaches).

NOTE: Most specifications on this page are estimates on the part of the author. This article will be updated as new information allows.




Program Updates

May 2019 - A first-flight involving the ATAK-2 is tentatively scheduled for sometime in 2024, leading the way for possible service entry in 2026 following certification and military approval.
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Hi: 200mph
Lo: 100mph
This entry's maximum listed speed (186mph).

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Comm. Market HI*: 44,000 units
Military Market HI**: 36,183 units
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  * Commercial Market High belongs to Cessna 172.

  ** Military Market High belongs to Ilyushin Il-2.


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