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World Defense & Security News - Pakistan & Turkey

Turkey officially gifts 34 T-37 trainer aircraft to Pakistan
Government of Turkey announced to provide Pakistan 34 T-37 training and light attack training aircraft and its spare parts on a free basis. According to Dawn News, Pakistan and Turkey signed a landmark defence cooperation agreement Wednesday under which Turkey will provide Pakistan with 34 T-37 training and light attack training aircraft and its spare parts on a gratis basis.
Turkey officially gifts 34 T 37 trainer aircraft to Pakistan 640 001Pakistan will receive 34 T-37 Sweet basic training jet aircraft from the Turkish Air Force
The agreement was signed after the conclusion of the 11th Meeting of the Pakistan-Turkey High Level Military Dialogue Group (HLMDG) in Ankara.

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

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."

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.

Turkey had 58 Cessna T-37 Tweet jet trainer aircraft which are to be replaced by 40 KT-1T basic trainers, currently under delivery.