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Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd.

IAI/Tamam Division And Agusta Are Teaming For The Atak Helicpter Program In Turkey

Jun 10, 1999

Israel Aircraft Industries, Ltd. (IAI)/Tamam Division, and Agusta un'Azienda Finmeccanica, the Italian helicopter company, are presently working on the 2nd phase of the Turkish Land Forces Command (TLFC) tender for the advanced attack helicopters (ATAK) program.

Tamam and Agusta have agreed at the early stage of the tender, to respond to the RFP for the ATAK program issued by the Under Secretariat for Defense Industries in the Turkish MND.

Agusta is offering the Turkish Air Forces (TAF) the A129 ATAK configuration, an advanced multi role version of the A129 International. Tamam is proposing an advanced day/night targeting and weapon control system, based on the proven Night Targeting System (NTS) developed by Tamam and produced for the Cobra attack helicopter (also in service in Turkey). The advanced Super NTS maintains a high level of commonality with Tamam's Helicopter Multi-Mission Optronic Stabilized Payload (HMOSP) which is used by Tamam in several helicopter upgrade programs.

The A129 International is a highly performing helicopter capable of operating at night and in adverse weather conditions providing in the same time an excellent degree of survivability in a NATO type environment.

The A129 International can carry military loads similar to its larger and heavier competitors at a comparable or better level of performance (agility, endurance, volume of fire, etc.) and it constitutes the baseline A/C being offered to several NATO Air Forces having stringent mission requirements.

The A129 International is capable of operating a wide range of weapons, including all the TOW family and Hellfire laser homing missile.

In the current 2nd phase of the ATAK program, the bidders are required to cooperate with the Turkish industries for the production of the helicopter and its systems in Turkey. The Tamam/Agusta team is working with TAI (the Turkish prime contractor for the ATAK) and with additional Turkish industries to fully meet this requirement.

In parallel, the Tamam/Agusta team for the ATAK project is continuing the integration and testing of the systems on the helicopter according to program schedule.

For more information, contact:
Doron Suslik
Deputy Corp VP for Communications
Tel: 972 (3) 93 5-8509
Fax: 972 (3) 935-8512

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