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Pakistan to buy 30 Turkish gunship helicopters, says manifesto of Erdogan's party


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Pakistan has signed an agreement with Turkey to procure 30 Turkish attack helicopters, Daily Sabah newspaper reported on Saturday.

Accoring to the Turkish newspaper, the ruling Justic and Devlopment Party (AK Party) has also mentioned the deal in its election menifesto announced on Thursday.

T129 ATAK helicopters from Turkey participated in a fly-past ceremony in Islamabad on the occasion of Pakistan Day that is celebrated on March 23.

The paper reported that the helicopter was added to the inventory of the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) in 2014.

"ATAK helicopters, one of the most remarkable products of the national and original production model in the defense industry, have also paved the way for exports with its outstanding performance. Ongoing talks with Pakistan on the export of ATAK helicopters have had positive results," Daily Sabah said in its report on Saturday.

"With the sales contract, the longstanding cooperation and bilateral relations between Pakistan and Turkey in the defense field gained a new dimension," it said.

Pakistan Army's Aviation Corps which operates hundreds of helicopters is said to have placed orders for 30 ATAK helicopters.
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Have you seen any Pakistani official confirming this?
Plenty of Pak papers quoting Janes,Anadolu and AKP..

Btwn here is a rather old news from Quwa;

PAKISTAN MAY SIGN T129 ATAK ATTACK HELICOPTER CONTRACT SOON
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Speaking to Turkey’s state-owned TRT Haber news channel in early May[1], Turkey’s Undersecretary of Defence Industries (SSM) Dr. İsmail Demir stated that a much-anticipated contract for the sale of Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) T129 ATAK attack helicopters to Pakistan could be inked in the coming weeks.

“In Pakistan, we will have important developments related to the export of ships and attack helicopters. God Willing, we will have news about the ATAK helicopter sale to Pakistan next week”, Demir told TRT.[2]

In subsequent statements to TRT, Demir outlined that the Pakistani programs – which include both the ATAK and the MILGEM Ada-class anti-submarine warfare (ASW) corvette – were contingent on a credit-line to back both deals. The MILGEM line has been finalized, while a loan for the ATAK is in the process of being made or finalized.[3] However, it appears that credit has tentatively been settled, the matter is now proceeding to inking the contracts and bringing the programs to fruition.

Pakistan reportedly began contract negotiations for 30 T129s in June 2017.[4] Pakistan’s Minister of Defence Production (MoDP) confirmed the negotiations in November 2017, stating that the issue was “90 percent complete”.[5] The program also appears to include some transfer-of-technology.

At the 2018 IQPC Military Helicopter Conference, the Pakistan Army Aviation Corps’ (PAA) Major Gen. Nasir D. Shah stated that depot-level maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) would be a must for the PAA’s next mainstay attack helicopter.[6] However, TAI reportedly offered component manufacturing work to Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) as well.[7]

Building High-Altitude Close Air Support Capabilities
The PAA had evaluated the T129 in June 2016. In addition to testing the helicopter’s endurance and status in high-temperature environments, the PAA also flew the ATAK at 14,000 ft to test its high-altitude flight.[8] It appears that one of the reasons for pursuing the T129 was to build a high-altitude attack capability. The current AH-1F/S fleet is insufficient for the task, with the PAA citing “creaks and shakes” as an issue when flying the legacy Cobras at those altitudes.[9] In fact, Maj. Gen. Shah himself outlined that the Cobras could not fly above 8,000 ft, thus indicating that the PAA required an attack helicopter that could do so.[10] Quwa Premium has an in-depth look at the ATAK evaluation and selection process in February’s Monthly Report.

Interestingly, the ATAK would essentially complete an ongoing effort to modernize the high-altitude force: the PAA has already switched from operating the SA315 Lama to the Airbus Helicopters H125M[11], which it in fact employed for a high-altitude search-and-rescue (SAR) mission in January 2018.[12] The PAA has also procured at least one Leonardo AW139 utility helicopter, which was also – as part of the Pakistan Air Force’s (PAF) trials – tested for its high-altitude performance.[13]

janes have reported this, they r credible.
Actually not 100% when it comes to Pak procurement.
 

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Pakistan can order package of 3-4 I class frigate and 30 T-129 ATAK gunship it will create earth quake on eastern side and Trump for Turkish defence industry. Win win situation for Pakistan Turkey .:-)
 

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I would wait for a Pakistani source instead of believing election propaganda.
You are right, election manifesto is no confirmation of the ATAK contract being signed.

There was a ceremony when the Milgem MoU was signed in May 2017. Here we are talking about the final contract ... No announcement / press release, no official statement.

Few weeks back, some Turkish media outlets reported that the Milgem loan of USD 400 million was finally approved after some problems and funding for T129 was under process and not secured yet.

So, too early to celebrate.
 

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