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TAI T-929 (ATAK-2)

Twin-Seat, Twin-Engine Dedicated Attack Helicopter

Turkiye | 2026

"The TAI 929 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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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 T-929 "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 T-929, 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 T-929 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 T-929 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 T-929 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 T-929 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 Warriors" alongside AH-64 "Apache Longbows").

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

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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.

June 2020 - TAI has unveiled, via Turkish media, a first mock-up form of its T-929 "ATAK-2" twin-seat, twin-engine dedicated attack helicopter platform.

February 2021 - Turkish Aerospace has unveiled an unmanned version of its T-929 attack platform by way of a static display at its facilities in Ankara showcased on February 29th, 2021.

April 2023 - The prototype T-929 flew for the first time.

Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one aircraft design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the TAI T-929 Twin-Seat, Twin-Engine Dedicated Attack Helicopter.
2 x Motor Sich TV3-117 turboshaft engines developing 2,500 horsepower each and driving a five-bladed main rotor unit and four-bladed tail rotor unit.
199 mph
320 kph | 173 kts
Max Speed
127 mph
205 kph | 111 kts
Cruise Speed
21,325 ft
6,500 m | 4 miles
Service Ceiling
311 miles
500 km | 270 nm
Operational Range
2,400 ft/min
732 m/min
City-to-City Ranges
Operational range when compared to distances between major cities (in KM).
The nose-to-tail, wingtip-to-wingtip physical qualities of the TAI T-929 Twin-Seat, Twin-Engine Dedicated Attack Helicopter.
49.2 ft
15.00 m
O/A Length
47.6 ft
(14.50 m)
O/A Width
16.4 ft
(5.00 m)
O/A Height
12,125 lb
(5,500 kg)
Empty Weight
22,267 lb
(10,100 kg)
Design Balance
The three qualities reflected below are altitude, speed, and range. The more full the box, the more balanced the design.
Available supported armament and special-mission equipment featured in the design of the TAI T-929 (ATAK-2) Twin-Seat, Twin-Engine Dedicated Attack Helicopter .
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.
Notable series variants as part of the TAI T-929 (ATAK-2) family line.
T-929 ("ATAK-2") - Base Series Designation.
Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the TAI T-929 (ATAK-2). Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national aircraft listing.

Total Production: 0 Units

Contractor(s): Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) - Turkey
National flag of Turkey

[ Turkey (probable) ]
Relative Max Speed
Hi: 200mph
Lo: 100mph
Aircraft Max Listed Speed (199mph).

Graph Average of 150 MPH.
Era Crossover
Pie graph section
Showcasing Aircraft Era Crossover (if any)
Max Alt Visualization
Small airplane graphic
MACH Regime (Sonic)
RANGES (MPH) Subsonic: <614mph | Transonic: 614-921 | Supersonic: 921-3836 | Hypersonic: 3836-7673 | Hi-Hypersonic: 7673-19180 | Reentry: >19030
Aviation Timeline
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Image of the TAI T-929 (ATAK-2)
Image from official Turkish Aerospace Industries marketing materials.
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Image of the TAI T-929 (ATAK-2)
Image from official Turkish Aerospace Industries marketing materials.

Mission Roles
Some designs are single-minded in their approach while others offer a more versatile solution to airborne requirements.
Some designs stand the test of time while others are doomed to never advance beyond the drawing board; let history be their judge.
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