ISLAMABAD: Building congenial relations, Turkey will gift Pakistan 34 jet trainers. The Northrop T-38 Talon is a two-seat, twin-engine supersonic jet trainer and it is considered to be the first supersonic trainer.
The T-38 remains serving till now in air force across the world. The move was put across by Turkish Commander of Air force General Abidin Unal to his counterpart in Pakistan Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman during their recent meeting.
The planes are expected to be handed over to Pakistan by the end of this year. According to top sources of Pakistan Air Force (PAF), the supply of 34 planes will lessen financial burden on the PAF and the planes will gratify the PAF needs at least for the upcoming decade.
T-38 is an advanced Turkish Air Force T-38A having full glass cockpit and avionics, modernized by Turkish Aerospace Industries under the project. Currently, the US Air Force is also having T-38M widely and almost 50,000 pilots have been trained on this type of plane.
The cost of one plane is $5.879 million as it is a US made sky runner that is being used across the world including Nasa.
According to the sources, Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman would be visiting Turkey to receive the planes from the Turkish Air Force.