Turkey’s planned heavy attack helicopter ATAK-2 that is being developed by Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) will supposedly be powered by 2x Ukrainian-built 2,500 hp turboshaft engines.
This is per an interview that the President and CEO of TAI, Mr Temel Kotil gave to local Turkish outlet Defence Turk.
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The Ukrainian engine has been selected as a bridge gap solution until Turkey can build its own indigenous alternative.
The ATAK-2 is designed to replace the lighter weight T129 ATAK -- a Turkish-designed and improved variant of the Agusta A-129 Mangusta – now in Turkish military service.
The ATAK-2 is scheduled to make its maiden flight in the spring of 2023. Turkey will, supposedly, order one of the most recent variants of the Motor-Sich TV3-117 turboshaft engine.
Ukraine and Turkey have recently stepped up bilateral cooperation in the defense technology sector.
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