Turkey to sell 30 combat helicopters to Pakistan

ANKARA, TURKEY - JULY 13 : A staff of Turkish Aerospace Industries Inc. (TUSAS/TAI) works on a helicopter in Ankara, Turkey on July 13, 2018. Turkey and Pakistan signed a deal for the sale of 30 amount of T129 ATAK helicopters, according to the Turkish Defense Industries Undersecretariat (SSB). Turkey becomes the fourth country to export Combat Helicopters after United States, Russia and France. The T129 ATAK Multirole Combat Helicopters are actively used by Turkish Armed Forces and Turkish Gendarmerie crews. Aytac Unal / Anadolu Agency

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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