MANUFACTURER(S): Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) - Turkey
OPERATORS: Turkey (planned)
LENGTH: 49.21 feet (15 meters)
WIDTH: 47.57 feet (14.5 meters)
HEIGHT: 16.40 feet (5 meters)
WEIGHT (EMPTY): 12,125 pounds (5,500 kilograms)
WEIGHT (MTOW): 22,267 pounds (10,100 kilograms)
ENGINE: 2 x Turboshaft engines of unknown make, model, and thrust output driving a five-bladed main rotor unit and four-bladed tail rotor unit.
SPEED (MAX): 186 miles-per-hour (300 kilometers-per-hour; 162 knots)
RANGE: 311 miles (500 kilometers; 270 nautical miles)
CEILING: 21,325 feet (6,500 meters; 4.04 miles)
RATE-OF-CLIMB: 2,400 feet-per-minute (732 meters-per-minute)
Detailing the development and operational history of the TAI ATAK 2 Heavy Attack Helicopter.
Entry last updated on 3/15/2019.
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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 heavily-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.
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 two 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.
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