Turkey cut a landmark deal in Ankara to supply 34 T-37 aircraft including their spare parts to Pakistan without taking an penny.
The deal between the two countries is signed and announced on Wednesday after Pakistan expresses its wish to acquire the aircraft from Turkey, which decided to provide 34 T-37 alongwith a jet trainer and light attack aircraft absolutely free, said the defence ministry statement.
The agreement was signed by Director General Defence Procurement maj Gen Naveed Ahmed and Chief of Logistics Turkey Maj Gen Serdas Gulbas, while a Joint Communique was stamped by Secretary Defence Lt Gen (Rtd) Muhammad Alam Khattak and Deputy Chief of Turkish General Staff Gen Yasar GULER.
The secretary defence, during the visit, also threw light on Pakistan’s defence potential as well as military capability alongwith needs keeling in the perspective of the current global situation.
The secretary highlighted the exemplary brotherly relations between the two countries saying:
“Pakistan desires to further translate these relations into strategic cooperation, signifying strategic importance of our relations.”
Both the countries agreed to increase support each other at regional as well as multinational levels including UN, OIC, ECO and D-8.
Meanwhile, the agreement is done at a time when Turkey is believed to be seeking Pakistan’s increased security and defence cooperation to handle the sprawling menace posed by Islamic State terrorist faction as well as Kurdish rebels.