Turkey to sell 30 combat helicopters to Pakistan

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Turkey's home-made ATAK helicopter.

Turkey and Pakistan on Friday signed a deal for the sale of 30 T129 ATAK helicopters, according to the Undersecretariat for the Defense Industry (SSM), state-run Anadolu news agency reported.

“Contract negotiations on T129 ATAK helicopters between Turkish Aerospace Industries [TAI] and the Pakistani Ministry of Defense Production were finalized,” the undersecretariat said in a statement.

This is the biggest single export in the history of the Turkish defense industry, the statement said.

TAI also agreed to provide logistics, spare parts, training and ammunition.

The T129 ATAK Multirole Combat Helicopter developed by TAI has been optimized for specific hot and high performance requirements of the Turkish Armed Forces.

Reuters also reported that Turkey’s deal with Pakistan is worth around $1.5 billion, citing sources with knowledge of the matter.

The helicopters will be delivered gradually over five years, the sources said.

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