Lahore, 9th March: The United States of America (USA) has stopped Turkey from delivering combat helicopters to Pakistan.
Baaghi TV: According to reports, the US has barred Turkey from supplying 30 Turkish-made ATAK helicopters to Pakistan.
According to the statement by Ibrahim Kalin, Press Secretary to Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, “The move is made to create pressure to stop Turkey from buying the Russian S-400 missile system, but the tender is likely to go to China.”
As per reports from The Current, Press Secretary further said, “The United States has blocked our planned sale of combat helicopters to Pakistan. This will likely lead to the fact that the tender in question will go to China, and the losers will be the United States.”
Kalin disclosed that Turkey had bought the Russian S-400 because the US had refused to supply Patriot air defence systems to Ankara on favourable terms.
The contract which was the largest one-time supply defence deal in history is nearly $1.5 billion in value.
As per reports, in 2018, Pakistan and Turkey had signed a deal for the supply of 30 ATAK helicopters.
However, as per reports, Congress’ move to block the supply of American weapons to Turkey has delayed the implementation of the contract as ATAK helicopters use 800-4A engines manufactured by the American company LHTEC.
On the other hand, Turkey has announced that it will develop its helicopter engines and has decided to continue the purchase of S-400 from Russia.
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