Answering Defense Turk's questions after the Air and Space Vehicles Design Laboratory opening program in partnership with TAI and ITU, Temel Kotil announced that the sea (naval) version of the ATAK-II heavy class attack helicopter will be developed. Temel Kotil, “Will there be a naval version of Atak and Gökbey for ANADOLU LHD? Do you have a calendar in this direction?” to our question, “For now, we are considering the naval version of the ATAK-II.” made a statement.
Rear Admiral Alper YENİEL (Naval Air Commander), who made a speech at the "Naval Air Projects" session held within the scope of the 10th Naval Systems Seminar, announced that 2022 attack helicopters are expected to be delivered within the scope of the protocol signed with the Land Forces in March 10. In the presentation, the images of the light attack helicopter T129 ATAK and the Heavy Class Attack Helicopter ATAK-II, or T-929, were included in the image regarding the supply of attack helicopters. Within the scope of the signed protocol, it is thought that the AH-1W Super Cobra attack helicopters, which are in the inventory of the Land Aviation Command and built on a sea basis, will be delivered to the Naval Air Command.
It is known that the force wants a heavy class solution like Atak-II in the long term. In case of supply, AH-1W Super Cobra helicopters will be infrastructure preparation for heavy classes as an intermediate solution during the transition period. Currently, there is an approach to deploying heavy class attack helicopters on ANADOLU class and similar platforms. In addition to the heavy class higher ammunition capacity, they can perform tasks in more difficult sea conditions as platforms with high sea stance.
Temel Kotil had announced that the 11-ton ATAK II attack helicopter would start its engine and rotate its propellers in 2022. Kotil had previously announced that the engines of the Heavy Class Attack Helicopter ATAK-II would come from Ukraine and that a contract was signed in this context. It was announced that the T929, or ATAK-II, is in the 11-ton class and can carry 1.500 kg of ammunition. Since there is no domestic and national engine alternative, its engine comes from Ukraine. Kotil also stated that it will be equipped with 2500 hp engines and will make its flight in 2023.
SSB Prof. Dr. İsmail Demir said that within the scope of the construction activities of ANADOLU LHD, the finishing works were left and the ship would be delivered by the end of 2022. The targeted calendar; The fire that occurred on the ship in 2019, the current working conditions during the pandemic process, etc. He said he was affected by the reasons. It was stated that the fire in 2019 delayed the construction process by 4-5 months.