Turkey to provide 34 T-37 aircraft free of cost to Pakistan

Published: October 28, 2015
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Signing of minutes between Yasar GULER, Deputy Chief of Turkish Staff and Secretary Defence Lt Gen. (Retd) Muhammad Alam Khattak in Ankara/Turkey. PHOTO: MINISTRY OF DEFENCE

Signing of minutes between Yasar GULER, Deputy Chief of Turkish Staff and Secretary Defence Lt Gen. (Retd) Muhammad Alam Khattak in Ankara/Turkey. PHOTO: MINISTRY OF DEFENCE

ISLAMABAD: Turkey will provide 34 T-37 aircraft and their spare parts to Pakistan free of cost in a landmark deal signed between the two countries in Ankara, an official announcement said on Wednesday.

On Pakistan’s desire of acquiring the aircraft, Turkey decided to provide 34 T-37, a jet trainer and light attack aircraft, without charging a single penny, said the defence ministry statement.

The agreement was reached during the meeting of Pakistan-Turkey High Level Military Dialogue Group (HLMDG) which concluded in Ankara on Wednesday.

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Director General Defence Procurement Maj Gen Naveed Ahmed and Chief of Logistics Turkey Maj Gen Serdar Gulbas signed the agreement, while a Joint Communiqué was signed by Secretary Defence Lt Gen (Retd) Muhammad Alam Khattak and Deputy Chief of Turkish General Staff Gen Yasar GULER.

During the visit, secretary defence highlighted Pakistan’s defence capability and military capacity and requirements keeling in view the current global perspective.

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Highlighting the exemplary brotherly relations between the countries, the secretary said, “Pakistan desires to further translate these relations into strategic cooperation, signifying strategic importance of our relations”.

Both sides agreed to enhance cooperation at regional and multinational forums including UN,OIC, ECO and D-8.

While expressing his views in High Level Military Dialogue Group (HLMDG) on regional and global security, Khattak said that both working groups have done considerable work to review progress on decisions that were taken in last HLMDG meeting as well as new agenda relating to politico-military matters and defence industry cooperation.

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He also expressed desire to further expand the cooperation between defence industries from strategic to joint venture levels.

The agreement is reached at a time when Turkey is believed to be seeking Pakistan’s increased security and defence cooperation to deal with the emerging threat posed by Islamic State terrorist group as well as Kurdish rebels.

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Reader Comments (23)

  • Freakonomist
    Oct 28, 2015 - 5:36PM

    Nothing comes for free dear friends, lets see down the line, what price we paid for this !Recommend

  • Arsalan
    Oct 28, 2015 - 5:49PM

    Nothing in this world is free. Behind curtains, they have demanded something to which Pak agreed.Recommend

  • Omar
    Oct 28, 2015 - 5:53PM

    Thank you Raheel Sharif. Your visit to Turkey worked!Recommend

  • Oct 28, 2015 - 6:36PM

    They are old but very reliable jet trainers. Seems like Turkey is phasing them out and Pakistan expressed interest in acquiring, servicing, and using them. The PAF has always been very economical and creative with opportunities like this, like when it acquire ageing Australian Mirages at a throwaway price in the 90s, refusrbished them, and put them to very good use for the next 20 years.Recommend

  • Asad Khan
    Oct 28, 2015 - 6:51PM

    Long Live Pak Turkey Friendship

    regards,Recommend

  • Candid1
    Oct 28, 2015 - 7:01PM

    A very puzzling development. These aircraft are more than 50 years old, which the PAF was already replacig in its own flett with the K8 trainers, so why take on more of these outdated aircraft? Even if they are for free, they will be costly to maintain and operate, and will not train the PAF cadets for the more modern jets they have to fly such as the JF-17 & F-16.Recommend

  • PK
    Oct 28, 2015 - 7:03PM

    Today you are getting free aircraft but tomorrow you have to return them with your pilots. You know what I meanRecommend

  • charles
    Oct 28, 2015 - 7:04PM

    This aircraft is over 50 years old – was originally the main trainer for about 25 countries – but all but a few have long retired the T-37. Free is good – lets hope they were well maintained.Recommend

  • Oct 28, 2015 - 7:11PM

    It is not a deal but donation by Turkey.Recommend

  • Rex Minor
    Oct 28, 2015 - 7:17PM

    Turkey will provide 34 T-37 aircraft and their spare parts to Pakistan free of cost in a landmark deal signed between the two countries in Ankara, an official announcement said on Wednesday.

    Where is the ‘ deal’ part in the give aways?

    Rex MinorRecommend

  • Careful reader
    Oct 28, 2015 - 8:24PM

    The T37 will be given to bachelor of engineering students to learn initial lessons on engineering . Recommend

  • Oct 28, 2015 - 9:02PM

    @Rex Minor:
    Easy border crossings for Afghans, some pretending to be
    from FATA, going to Germany for asylum.Recommend

  • polwala
    Oct 28, 2015 - 9:43PM

    This is old news. The deal was agreed between General Abidin Unal and ACM Sohail Aman in August 2015. The Turkish AF has had 34 T-37C in storage for more than 3 years since this type was grounded after a fatal crash on January 16, 2012.The PAF flies both the T-37B and T-37C Around 27 T-37C are in use with PAF out of the 40 originally acquired. These are the basic trainers. Not good enough for Turkish AF but good enough for PAF?Recommend

  • Sandip
    Oct 28, 2015 - 10:35PM

    Now India knows where to send it’s Mig-21s when it’s time to junk them.Recommend

  • Asad Khan
    Oct 28, 2015 - 11:53PM

    @polwala:

    …These are the basic trainers. Not good enough for Turkish AF but good enough for PAF?

    Indeed these planes are more than good enough for PAF as PAF can not have the luxury to order new jet trainers as Turkish Airforce has.

    ….In due course of time they will eventually be replaced by newer jet possibly Turkish Horus Trainer.

    regards,Recommend

  • Rex Minor
    Oct 29, 2015 - 1:43AM

    @Motiwala:
    :
    Easy border crossings for Afghans, some pretending to be
    from FATA, going to Germany for asylum.

    They are being sent back starting tomorrow since with the yanks the country is being made safe again! Tell your brothers in Pakistan to follw suit.

    Rex MinorRecommend

  • usman777
    Oct 29, 2015 - 2:10AM

    Indians say “There is no Pan-Islamic solidarity with Pakistan”
    When something like this happens they say “Oh you Pakistani are taking alms”

    Let’s all brainstorm what we can do to make Indians happier with us!Recommend

  • Zahid
    Oct 29, 2015 - 2:38AM

    All of this, because our hero General Raheel Sharif paid a visit to Turkey
    It’s a good gesture
    Long Live Pakistan and Turkey FriendshipRecommend

  • AJKA
    Oct 29, 2015 - 6:22AM

    DEAL IS PAKISTAN ARMY WILL TRAIN TURK SPECIAL FORCE HOW TO FIGHT INNER CITY AREA SO SPECIAL FORCE TRAIN IN PAKISTAN TO FIGHT IN SIDE SYRIA.THEY ARE MORE THEN 3000 SOLDER WILL TRAIN.THEY CALL ARBAN AREA WAR FARE.Recommend

  • AJKA
    Oct 29, 2015 - 6:24AM

    @Rex Minor: TRAIN MORE THEN 2000 TURKISH ARBAN WAR .Recommend

  • Afzal
    Oct 29, 2015 - 6:48AM

    @Sandip:
    Ok send them to Pakistan, if that is what you meant in your satire! Indians do not have the brains to refurbish and recreate such used machines which still have quite a bit of life left in them! Pakistan will take care of them, turn them into advanced tech and use them as pilotless suicide bombers to carry some dangerous stuff to unload on our eastern adversary.Recommend

  • Majid Niazi
    Oct 29, 2015 - 3:05PM

    Whats the benefit of these obselete trainig aircrafts .. This is scrap for turkey which they are throwing out from their inventory but it seems favor for usRecommend

  • obz
    Nov 1, 2015 - 2:05AM

    Indeed! It’s not important to clear doubts of most pessimistic people on this forum but to keep the record straight,the agreement will reap fruitful results for both brotheren countries.
    Turkey already had many cooperation packs with Pakistan.Its about time to take this cooperation to next level,especially when so many changes of Geo-strategic and economy of scales are expected to take place in the region.
    Perhaps instead of being war zealous, it is time to grow and mend fences to reduce inertia dragging our economic growth.
    Lastly please do not attach any conspiracy theory to simple yet useful agreement reached between two brotheren countries. For once trust the good and friendly gesture.

    Patriot from deepest core of my heart and expect that everyone else on the forum is a Patriot unless he proves otherwise.Recommend

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