Turkey buys 52 trainer aircrafts for Air Force from Pakistan

Turkey buys 52 trainer aircrafts for Air Force from Pakistan

ANKARA: As part of the efforts to transform existing collaboration in the field of defence industry into a strategic partnership, Pakistan and Turkey concluded three important documents on Wednesday.

These documents were signed in the presence of Minister for Defence Production of Pakistan Rana Tanveer Hussain and Minister for National Defence of Turkey Mr. Fikri Işık on the sidelines of the 13th International Defence Industry Fair (IDEF) 2017, being held in Istanbul from 9-12 May, said a statement.

The two sides signed the contract for the sale of Pakistan’s 52 Super Mushshak trainer aircraft. Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) would supply these aircraft to Turkish Air Force.

According to a Turkish news agency Ankara has decided to purchase some 52 Super Mushshak training aircraft from Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) Kamra to replace its aging fleet of T-41 and SF-620 trainers.

The contract was signed by Chairman PAC Air Marshal Arshad Malik and Turkish Undersecretary SSM Prof. Dr. Ismail Demir. 

It may be recalled that Letter of Intent (LoI) with Turkey for the sale of this aircraft was signed on 22 November during International Defence Exhibition and Seminar (IDEAS) held in Karachi from 22-25 November 2016 and witnessed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

The two countries signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) on the four MİLGEM Ada class corvettes project. The LoI was signed on the Pakistan side by Secretary, Defence Production, Lt. Gen. Muhammad Owais; Undersecretary SSM Prof. Dr. Ismail Demir signed on behalf of Turkey.

The third document was signed between Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) and Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) for collaboration in the aviation field. The signatories were Chairman PAC Air Marshal Arshad Malik and CEO of TAI Dr. Temel Kotil.