Turkish Defense Minister Vecdi Gonul departed for Italy's Milan on Wednesday to visit facilities of Agusta Westland, the Italian rotorcraft company that won Turkish attack helicopter tender last year.
In March 2007, Agusta Westland won Turkey's attack helicopter tender in which South Africa's Denel was the other bidder.
A contract for the 3-billion-USD project, signed by Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) and Agusta Aerospace, took effect last month.
TAI will be the local prime contractor, Turkey's Aselsan and Italian company Agusta will be the subcontractors of the project to manufacture 50 plus 41 Tactical Reconnaissance and Attack Helicopter (ATAK-T129) for the Turkish Land Forces.
Helicopters will be manufactured by means of national software and hardware systems. Agusta Westland will provide the engine, the flight control system and the aircraft position monitoring system.
Last Mod: 09 Temmuz 2008, 16:56