A formation of three T129 ATAK multirole attack helicopters took part in a military parade during Pakistan Day celebrating.
Three new T129 ATAK helicopters of Turkish Armed Forces presented performance during the “Pakistan Day” parade in Islamabad. The T129 multirole attack helicopter is being developed jointly by AgustaWestland and Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) for the Turkish Land Forces Command (TLF) under the attack and tactical reconnaissance helicopter (ATAK) programme.
Turkey and Pakistan are on the verge of inking a deal for the purchase of T129 helicopters. According to defence sources in Ankara, the Turkish and Pakistani governments are close to closing the ATAK helicopter deal in the upcoming months, if not weeks. The sources underlined that the ATAK helicopters were tested and the Pakistani side has expressed their contentment with the helicopters in line with their needs and requirements.
According to the Daily Sabah, recent reports in the Turkish media contended that the deal between Turkey and Pakistan for the purchase of the helicopters will be around $1.5 billion. However, there has not been a confirmation either from the defense or diplomatic sources in this regard.
According to Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI), which produces the helicopters, a total of 91 T129 ATAK Helicopters will be delivered to Turkish Armed Forces and 9 T129 ATAK Helicopters will be delivered to Ministry of Interior. The ATAK helicopters were also used in the recent Operation Olive Branch and received appreciation from the experts.