ISTANBUL: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Sunday took a test-flight of T-129 Turkish attack helicopter and appreciated it as an “impressive and good machine.”
Talking to Pakistani and Turkish media after the rare gesture, PM Abbasi said the Turkish defence production industry is one of the best in the world and second to none.
He lauded the Turkish aviation industry as well as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for achievements in defence production.
Answering a question about Pakistan’s plan of purchasing T-129 helicopters, PM Abbasi said the army is evaluating the helicopter, and they are negotiating the contract and terms.
“Our army is evaluating the helicopter, and we are negotiating the contract and terms.”
Earlier, he inspected the helicopter, where he was briefed by the Turkish aviation officials about the specifications and technical parameters of the combat chopper.
President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Turkish Aerospace Industries, Temel Kotil said that T-129 was a light weight attack helicopter equipped with missiles and guns. “It is small and effective,” he observed.
He said Pakistan and Turkey have strong defence ties and were collaborating in the defence production area as well.