Turkey’s T129 ATAK attack helicopter is on the prowl for export orders.

Turkish Aerospace Industries has delivered 22 aircraft to the Turkish Army, and the type is being used operationally in the southeast of the country against Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militants.

But the company is now looking to capture the first export orders for the T800-engined aircraft, which was developed from Leonardo’s AW129 Mangusta.

TAI has a campaign underway in Poland, where Warsaw is looking for a fleet of new attack helicopters to replace its Mil Mi-24 Hinds. The rotorcraft has also received significant interest in Bahrain, but it seems likely that the first customer could be Pakistan, where the helicopter has been put through its paces to prove its hot and high performance.

In May, TAI and the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) at Kamra signed a memorandum of understanding that the two organizations hope will lead to closer cooperation.

The cooperation agreed to at the IDEF 2017 defense show in May could lead to PAC opening an assembly line and becoming a supplier to the T129 program if the helicopter is chosen to join the Pakistani attack helicopter fleet. Although Pakistan has ordered Bell’s AH-1Z Cobra, it cannot afford to replace its entire fleet of aging AH-1S and AH-1F models with the more modern version.

Turkey plans to buy 59 T129s and has options on another 32, with the type replacing AH-1 Cobras and SuperCobras. The T129 differs from the Mangusta in that it features the Rolls-Royce/Honeywell Light Helicopter Turbine Engine Co. (LHTEC) T800 engine and an Aselsan-developed avionics suite and mission system as well as sighting system.

Several indigenous weapons have been integrated, including the Roketsan UMTAS guided missile and the Cirit lightweight missile. The air-to-air version of the Stinger can also be fitted to the helicopter.