In Turkey, a closed presentation of the model of the promising attack helicopter T629 was held, the development of which in the interests of the Turkish army is conducted by Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI). It is reported by NPlus1 with reference to Aviation Week.
According to the portal, the new T629 attack helicopter will occupy a niche between the light attack T129 ATAK and the heavy ATAK 2, which has been under development since the beginning of last year. The T629 has been under development since 2017, in 2019 TAI defended the helicopter project and began assembling the first flight model. The technical details of the new helicopter are not disclosed, it is known that its weight will be 6 tons. At the presentation, the T629 was armed with 70-mm unguided missiles and anti-tank L-UMTAS. The first helicopter flight should take place at the end of this year.
Note that Turkey is not armed with attack helicopters of its own design. The country launched the production of light attack helicopters T129 ATAK, developed on the basis of the Italian A129 Mangusta. The twin-seat helicopter has a maximum take-off mass of 5 tons, a maximum speed of 278 km / h, and a flight range of 510 km. In service with a 20-mm gun TM197B, UR and NAR.
In addition, since 2019, TAI has been developing the ATAK 2 heavy attack helicopter. The maximum take-off weight is 10 tons, of which 1,2 tons are payload. The first flight of a heavy helicopter is scheduled for 2024-2025.