The Jandarma Genel Komutanlığı (Gendarmerie General Command) will receive an additional batch of six TAI T129B ATAK Attack and Tactical Reconnaissance Helicopters. In 2017, the Jandarma ordered eighteen ATAK helicopters and to date, six T129Bs have been delivered.
According to our friends of savunmasanayist.com, the Savunma Sanayii Başkanlığı (SSB, Ministry of Defence Industries) placed an order for six additional T129Bs for the Türk Jandarma Havacılık Başkanlığı (Turkish Gendarmerie Aviation Directorate).
With the additional order, the Gendarmerie will receive a total of 24 T129B ATAKs. The first six examples delivered were in Faz-I (Phase-I) configuration while the new helicopters are expected to be Faz-II (Phase-II) configuration. If the complete initial batch of eighteen will be delivered in Phase I configuration is not clear, although this is what was originally ordered.
The Jandarma T129B helicopters are operated by Taarruz Helikopter Filo (Attack Helicopter Squadron) “Avci” (Hunter) from Malatya and are also forward deployed to areas where the Turkish Government is fighting PKK insurgents.
Deliveries known so far:
J-1071 "Alparslan", d/d 18 April 2018
J-1299 "Osman Gazi", d/d 10 April 2018
J-1453 "Fatih", d/d February 2018
J-1512 "Yavuz", d/d 27 October 2018
J-1526 amed "Kanuni", d/d May 2019
J-1921 "Gazi", d/d June 2019
Photo: Onur Kurç