Pakistani troops have officially announced that Pakistan has bought Turkish TAI T129 attack helicopter to replace old helicopters in his air force.
However, T129 helicopters developed by the Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI), based on the Italian Agusta A129 Mangusta helicopter, are equipped with engines, sensors and weapon systems manufactured by Turkey. To meet the country’s battle environment requirements. Pakistan-ordered helicopters will also be adjusted according to Pakistan’s requirements
The Pakistani air force currently uses the AH-1F Cobra helicopters that were manufactured in the 1980s. The current Cobra is not only too old and outdated, but also severely damaged due to the battle conditions in the series. The Hindu Kush is located along the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan
The Pakistani army has been testing the ability of the TAI T129 helicopters since 2016 and the TAI director was amazed at the difficult conditions in the Hindu Kush Mountains. However, he was pleased that the Pakistani team was happy with the T129s
Earlier, China also sent three CAIC Z-10 helicopters to the Pakistani army for inspection, but not impressed. Russia also sent Mil Mi-35M Hind helicopters to test. Although the Pakistani army of Mi-35’s holds, prices are quite high. It is therefore difficult to buy large quantities as needed.
There is little information about the TAI T129 helicopter contract, but reports say the total contract value will fall to $ 1.5 billion, which is Turkey’s largest arms export contract. It is expected to be completed within 5 years
Some informations stated the deal would also include ammunition, logistics, spares and pilot training. The weapon’s package is likely to include 1× M197 20x20mm 3 barrels canon, the Roketsan Cirit laser-guided 70mm rocket and the UMTAS long-range anti-tank missile
TAI T129 attack helicopter has the maximum speed at 278km/h, service ceiling : 6,096 m and the range of 651km