ANKARA, Sept. 25 (Xinhua) -- A prototype of an attack helicopter with Turkish indigenous equipment and to be co-produced by Turkey and Italy will make its first test flight in the Italian city of Milan on Monday, the semi-official Anatolia news agency reported Friday.
The combat and reconnaissance helicopter T-129 ATAK, an enhanced version of the Italian company Agusta Westland's A-129s, is equipped with avionic and weapon systems designed and produced by Turkey, said the report.
The aircraft will be jointly produced by the prime contractor Tusas Aerospace Industries (TAI) of Turkey and the subcontractor Agusta Westland, and TAI will have the right to use and administer the intellectual property of the T-129 ATAK and to sell and market the helicopter worldwide, the report added.
The mission computer and the targeting, navigation, communication and electronic warfare systems of the helicopter will be developed and produced by ASELSAN, a leading defense company in Turkey, according to the report.
The TAI and the Agusta Westland signed an agreement in 2007 on making 51 (plus 40 optional) helicopters for the Turkish Land Forces.
The first T-129 is expected to be delivered to the Turkish Land Forces in 2013, according to the report.
Attack helicopter made by Turkey, Italy to make first test flight_English_Xinhua