PH Air Force Buys 6 “ATAK” Helicopters From Turkey

 Turkish Aerospace T-129 attack helicopter is shown in flight. The Air Force ordered six of these choppers, with the first two due to arrive by the third quarter of 2021.

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines has acquired Turkish Aerospace Industries T129B “ATAK” helicopters for its attack helicopter program, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said on Monday.

Each helicopter is $269.4 million (P12.9 billion). Two of the T-129 choppers from Turkish Aerospace Industries will arrive as early as the third quarter of this year, Defense Sec. Delfin Lorenzana said.

These will augment the attack helicopters in the PAF arsenal consisting of U.S.-made AH Cobras, Agusta Westland 109s and MD-520s.

The new acquisitions “will be a big plus in our capability especially in our internal security operations because it brings more airborne firepower to our arsenal,” said Department of National Defense Spokesman Arsenio Andolong.

The deliveries of the remaining four will be spread equally over two years from 2022, arriving every February, he said.

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