Turkey's Attack Helicopter Showcased to King Abdullah

Hürriyet Daily News, 07 March 2013

Jordan and Turkey Seek Boost in Defense Trade

Turkey is set to pursue greater defense ties with Jordan on the back of recent efforts to reach out to Gulf Arab countries amid a visit by the Hashemite kingdom's ruler to defense facilities in Ankara. King Abdullah visited Turkish Aerospace Industries' (TAI) facilities to witness a test flight by the ATAK, Turkey's first attack helicopter. The monarch also inspected the ANKA, an unmanned aerial vehicle system, and the HURKUŞ, a Turkish primary and basic training aircraft.

 

Turkey's Attack Helicopter Showcased to King Abdullah

Jordanian King Abdullah n and Turkish President Abdullah GüI visit the Turkish Aerospace Industries' (TAI) facility in Ankara to witness a test flight by the ATAK, Turkey's first attack helicopter Jordanian King Abdullah II and Turkish President Abdullah GüI pose photographers inside ATAK, Turkey's first attack helicopter.

Turkey showcased its first attack helicopter, the ATAK, during Jordanian King Abdullah's visit to the Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) as part of efforts to boost defense exports to Middle Eastern countries. Jordanian King Abdullah II, accompanied by Turkish President Abdullah Gül, visited the TAI facilities in Ankara and watched the show flight of the ATAK helicopter. During the visit, President Gül provided information to King Abdullah and his company about the characteristics of Turkey's first T-129 attack helicopter, co-produced by Italy's AgustaWestland and TAI.

During their visit the two leaders were accompanied by highranking officials, including Undersecretary [of Turkish Defence Industries] Murad Bayar, Turkish Aerospace Industries Chairman of the Board Yalçın Kaya and [President & CEO] Muharrem Dörtkaşlı. 

Beside the attack and tactical reconnaissance helicopter ATAK, Turkey's unmanned aerial vehicle systems ANKA and Turkish primary and basic training aircraft HURKU§ were also displayed to the Jordanian leader. With the nationally developed fresh arms systems, Turkey has been passionately seeking to increase its arms and defense industry systems abroad, especially in Middle Eastern countries who have so far responded with a high interest.

 

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