Supply Turkey attack helicopters T129 Atak to Pakistan delayed due to the United States. About TASS said the representative of the Turkish Secretariat of defense industries, SSM, the arms exhibition in Karachi.
According to him, the performance of the contract is delayed not less than six months. “This is due to US refusal to timely delivery of the engines of the CTS800 helicopter Atak”, — he explained.
The interviewee noted that the manufacturer Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) is exploring the option of using other components. “Perhaps Atak will be equipped with engines of Western production. Discusses the use of Chinese engines,” he added.
The contract for the supply of 30-year-T129 Atak was signed last summer. Talking about its cancellation is not.
In August the portal Defence News, citing a Turkish official from the aviation industry wrote that the timing for the deal with Pakistan unable to move because of deteriorating relations between the US and Turkey. This happened because of the case of American pastor Andrew Brunson and related to Washington’s support for the Kurds in Syria (in Turkey they are considered terrorists), relations with Iran and supply agreement with Ankara of the Russian systems s-400.
The decision to purchase the Russian s-400 has aroused the discontent of the United States, because Turkey is a NATO member, and NATO all arms must work on a common standard. Washington Ankara threatens sanctions.
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