Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Prototype Attack Helicopter Provides Two Way Freight Move for Air Cargo Carrier

Successful Transit Opens Up International Market
Shipping News Feature

RUSSIA – GERMANY – TURKEY – Our picture shows the unloading of a prototype of the Turkish T129 attack helicopter recently entrusted to cargo carrier Volga-Dnepr Airlines, which the Russian outfit was charged with shipping from Ankara to Berlin for the the ILA-2014 Berlin Air Show which took place at the Berlin ExpoCenter Airport toward the end of May, before the return leg back to the manufacturer.

The flight was operated on behalf of Air Charter Service (ACS), which opened a Turkish office earlier this year, and exporting the T129 required one of carrier’s IL-76TD-90VD’. Loading the 13-metre helicopter into the Ilyushin’s cargo hold using hoists required the removal of the T129’s rotor blades, vertical stabilizer, wing and detachable equipment. The rear chassis of the helicopter was also removed and replaced by a special chassis for the transportation that reduced the height of the helicopter from 3.4 metres to 3.17 metres.

All the components removed to facilitate the loading process were transported to each destination point on board the same aircraft and both legs were accomplished without recorded incident. The T129 attack helicopter was developed by Turkish Aerospace Industries in cooperation with AgustaWestland, one of the world’s leading helicopter manufacturers. At present the T129 modification is in the inventory of the Turkish Air Force but a successful transit to ILA-2014 in Berlin enabled the helicopter prototype to be promoted to the international military market.