Abbasi becomes first Pakistani PM to fly a helicopter

Islamabad: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Sunday in a rare gesture took a test-flight of T-129, Turkish combat helicopter and appreciated it as an “impressive and good technological machine.”

While talking to 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,
Prime Minister Abbasi said, “Our army is evaluating the helicopter, and we are negotiating the contract and terms.”Earlier, 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 told APP 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 are collaborating in the defence production area as well.


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