The new Turkish combat helicopters T929 Atak 2 will have Ukrainian turbines

As we said a few days ago, the nationalization of the Ukrainian engine manufacturer Motor Sich in order to prevent the Chinese group Skyrizon from seizing it will not go without creating serious concerns in the region of Zaporizhia, where the group employs the majority of its 20.000 people. There is a strong fear that the ousting of the Chinese group, which had shown great ambition, particularly in terms of investment, will ultimately condemn the activity of the entire group, which today is seriously struggling to find a sufficient activity to maintain jobs. In this same article, we put forward two hypotheses to justify the decision of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to go through this nationalization, in addition to the desire to prevent technological plunder, with the political risk that this entails if the group were to face too important difficulties threatening its survival and the jobs which depend on it.

The first was an assurance possibly given by Westerners, Americans and / or Europeans, of activity support, to the extent that depriving China of the know-how and technologies of Motor Sich will make it possible to delay the arrival of engines. Chinese aeronautics performing for several years in both the civil and military fields, in fact giving Westerners the time necessary to adapt and respond to this now inexorable challenge. The second, which we considered probable, was that Ukraine and Turkey would come together in this area in order to alleviate Western sanctions against Ankara, sanctions which severely hamper the execution of Turkish programs such as the Atak T129 combat helicopter or the TFX hunter. Obviously we got it right since according to Temel Kotil, the president of the Turkish company TAI which is in charge of all the country's military and civilian aeronautical programs, the new T929 ATAK 2 combat helicopter will soon be powered by Ukrainian bill turbines.

The T129 Atak combat helicopter had its baptisms by fire in 2018 during the Turkish operation "Olive branch" aimed at pushing back jihadist and especially Kurdish fighters along its border with Syria. photo credit REUTERS / Murad Sezer / File Photo

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