PM Abbasi takes Turkish helicopter for test flight in Istanbul

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Pic22-040 ISTANBUL: Oct 22 – Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in the test flight of the Turkish T-129 Combat Helicopter. ONLINE PHOTO

ISTANBUL: In a rare gesture, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi Sunday took a test-flight of T-129, a Turkish attack helicopter, and appreciated it as an “impressive and good machine.”

Talking to Pakistani and Turkish media after the test-flight, the prime minister said Turkish Defence production industry was 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 such achievements in the defence production.

To a question about Pakistan’s plan of purchasing T-129 helicopters, Abbasi said, “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.

Turkish Aerospace Industries President and CEO Temel Kotil told APP that T-129 was a lightweight attack helicopter equipped with missiles and guns. “It is small and effective,” he observed.

He said Pakistan and Turkey have strong defence ties and the two countries were collaborating in the defence production area as well.