Philippines Department of Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana confirmed that the Philippines Air Force selected the Turkish Aircraft Industries Corporation’s (TAI) T129 Advanced Attack and Tactical Reconnaissance (ATAK) helicopters.
Speaking to reporters Friday, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said that the Air Force’s technical working group (TWG) has already recommended two helicopter types for purchase: the Turkish T129 ATAK attack helicopter and U.S.-made Sikorsky Black Hawk utility helicopter.
With its limited budget of $240 million, Lorenzana estimates that they can purchase around 16 Black Hawks and 8 T129 ATAKs.
The T129 ATAK incorporates asymmetric weapon loading capability and enables the use of all weapons effectively according to mission requirements. For close combat support missions, a 20mm turreted gun with a capacity of 500 rounds and 70mm Classic Rockets with a capacity of 76 rockets have been integrated; whereas for multipurpose missions, 16 x CIRIT 70mm Laser Guided Air-to-Ground Missiles, 8 x UMTAS Long Range Anti-Tank Missiles and 8 x STINGER Air-to-Air Missiles are integrated, as well as the state of the art EW systems and EO systems.