Pakistan Signs Deal to Procure 30 TAI T129 ATAK Attack Helicopters from Turkey

Turkey and Pakistan on Friday signed a deal for the sale of 30 Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) T129 ATAK attack helicopters to the Pakistan Army Aviation Corps, Turkish state-owned Anadolu Agency reported citing Turkish Defense Industries Undersecretariat (SSB).

The contract, worth around $1.5 billion, is reportedly the biggest single export in the history of the Turkish defense industry.

“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.

The helicopters will be delivered gradually over five years. TAI also agreed to provide logistics, spare parts, training, and ammunition services.

In 2017, Pakistan and Turkey were in the final stages of an agreement to buy 30 helicopters, according to news reports. As part of this process, 3 T129s of Turkish Land Forces took part in the Pakistan Day Parade on 23 March 2018.

TAI/AgustaWestland T129 ATAK is a twin-engine, tandem seat, multi-role, all-weather attack helicopter developed by Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI), with partner AgustaWestland.

The T129 is the result of the integration of Turkish developed high-tech avionics, air-frame modifications, and weapon systems onto the combat proven AgustaWestland’s Agusta A129 Mangusta airframe, with upgraded engines, transmission and rotor blades.

The helicopter is designed for advanced attack and reconnaissance in hot and high environments and rough geography in both day and night conditions.

The T129 can carry a combination of Roketsan CIRIT 70 mm rocket system, Stinger air-air missile pods, Roketsan UMTAS anti-tank missiles and gun pods on its stub wing pylons.

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