Shahid Abbasi Becomes First Serving Pakistani PM To Fly a Military Helicopter [Video & Pictures]

In a rare gesture, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi Sunday took a test-flight of T-129, 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, Prime Minister 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. 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 were collaborating in the defence production area as well.

  • Q Pakistan Kaisa Diya :
    Akhir Maalik Ho AIR BLUEE Ka Kisi Pilot Se Kam Thori Na Ho :

    Internship & Electrical Engineer (Prime Minister of Islamic Repulic of Pakistan Cumm China)

    • I think each and every AirBlue plane should have the following phrase at the back:

      “Jalnay walay ka moun kala”!

      PMLN for 2018!

      • & Mubarak Ho PIA Walo Ko Jiska PM K AIRBLUE TOP Hai Wahi PIA Ko Tabah Kar Diya : Great PM & His Supporter :
        Phir Wahi Hoga Jo Aj Kal Bache Hospital K Bahar Ho Rahy hai : Good

  • Forgive me for saying this but it seems like a rip-off of Boeing’s “Apache” AH-64 which you might remember seeing in film “Godzilla”!

    Anyhow, we’d be supporting a Muslim Country instead of U.S in case the military decide to purchase these birds!

    Great news!

    • I thought it was Apache at first upon seeing the pictures but the details said otherwise.

      Still, looks decent albeit copied.

  • The TAI/AgustaWestland T129 is a twin-engine, tandem seat, multi-role, all-weather attack helicopter based on the Agusta A129 Mangusta platform. The T129 was developed by Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI), with partner AgustaWestland.

    Source: Wikipedia

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