Rapid Fire | Wednesday, June 8, 2016, 00:50 UTC
The newly appointed defense minister of Turkey, Fikri Isik and his Pakistani counterpart met to discuss increasing bilateral defense ties. Among last Friday’s discussions was the potential sale of Turkish developed T129 attack helicopters. Other potential deals include the purchase by Turkey of the Pakistani-made Super Mushshak basic trainer aircraft.
Turkish defense minister meets Pakistani counterpart
Ministers discuss burgeoning defense ties between Ankara, Islamabad
By Yusuf Hatip and Aamir Latif
Newly-appointed Turkish Defense Minister Fikri Isik and Pakistani counterpart Khawaja Muhammad Asif met Friday in Islamabad to discuss bilateral defense cooperation.
“One of the most important issues between [the two countries] is a deal for T129 attack helicopters,” Isik said at a joint press conference held after the meeting.
The deal for the sale of the T129s — a multi-role attack helicopter co-developed by Turkish Aerospace Industries — will “further enhance our bilateral cooperation in the defense industry,” Isik asserted.
The Turkish defense minister added that plans to purchase Pakistani-made Super Mushshak basic trainer aircraft were still in the pipeline.
He went on to note that the Pakistani authorities, for their part, had requested the purchase of four Turkish Ada-class corvettes (which would be built in Pakistan).
Isik also said that Turkey and Pakistan had begun discussing details of a cooperation deal by which Turkey would help modernize the Pakistani navy’s fleet of three Agosta-class submarines.
Isik also met with Pakistani army chief General Raheel Sharif on Friday at Pakistani army headquarters in the garrison city of Rawalpindi.
At the meeting, the two men discussed regional security and defense collaboration, according to an army statement issued after the meeting.
Isik, for his part, voiced his appreciation for the Pakistani armed forces’ contributions to the fight against terrorism and promotion of regional peace and security.
*Anadolu Agency correspondent Ahmet Sait Akcay contributed to the story from Ankara
T129 attack helicopters: Details
PAC Super Mushshak
The PAC Super Mushshak (Proficient) is a more advanced, upgraded variant of the MFI-17 Mushshak basic trainer. It was designed by and is being manufactured at the Aircraft Manufacturing Factory,Pakistan Aeronautical Complex, Pakistan.
The MFI-15 Safari and MFI-17 Supporter were created from Saab’s adaptation of the MFI-9 Junior for basic training for civil and military operators. In 1968 Saab began work on its MFI-15, based on the MFI-9 but with some design changes. Foremost of the changes in the Saab built MFI-15 prototype was the 120 kW (160shp) Lycoming IO-320 piston engine. Like the MFI-9, the MFI-15 retained the unusual braced, mid-mounted and slightly forward-swept wing and rearward-hinged canopy, offering good all-around vision.
Pakistan has taken delivery of 18 Supporters, while 92 have been assembled locally by PAC from knocked down kits and a further 149 were built locally by PAC. It is named Mushshak (Proficient) in Pakistani service. In 1981, Pakistan acquired sole manufacturing rights of the Supporter. The development of the MFI-395 in 1995 initiated by the then-managing director of AMF, Air Cdr Muhammad Younas. The aircraft was built by upgrading the MFI-17 with an advanced 260 hp engine, electrical instruments, dual flight control systems and a Bendix RSA fuel injection system.
- Pakistan Air Force – 40
- Iraqi Air Force – 20 ordered in February 2014.
Specifications (Super Mushshak)
Data from Pakistan Aeronautical Complex, Jane’s All The World’s Aircraft 2003–2004
- Crew: two-three (student, instructor and optional passenger)
- Length: 7.15 m (23.5 ft)
- Wingspan: 8.85 m (29 ft)
- Height: 2.60 m (8 ft 0.5 in)
- Wing area: 11.9 sq m (128 sq ft)
- Empty weight: 760 kg (1,676 lb)
- Max. takeoff weight: 1,250 kg (2,755 lb)
- Powerplant: 1 × Textron Lycoming IO-540 V4A5 horizontally opposed 6 cylinder, 194 kW (260 hp)at 2700 RPM (ISA conditions)
- Propellers: 1× Mccauley or Hartzell, 3 or 2 blade propeller
The Lycoming O-540 series engines are six-cylinder, direct-drive, horizontally opposed, air-cooled models. The cylinders are of conventional air-cooled construction with heads made from an aluminum-alloy casting and a fully machined combustion chamber. Rocker-shaft bearing supports are cast integral with the head, along with housings to form the rocker boxes. The cylinder barrels have deep integral cooling fins, and the inside of the barrels are ground and honed to a specified finish. The IO-540 and TIO-540 (turbocharged) series engines are equipped with a fuel-injection system, which schedules fuel flow in proportion to airflow. Fuel vaporization takes place at the intake ports. A turbocharger is mounted as an integral part of the TIO-540 series. Automatic waste-gate control of the turbocharger provides constant air density to the fuel-injector inlet from sea level to critical altitude. @lycoming.com
- Never exceed speed: 363 km/h (196 knots, 226 mph)
- Maximum speed: 268 km/h (145 knots, 166 mph) at sea level
- Cruise speed: 240 km/h (130 knots, 149 mph)
- Stall speed: 96 km/h (52 knots, 60 mph) (flaps down)
- Range: 814 km (440 nmi, 506 mi)
- Endurance: 4 hr 15 min
- Service ceiling: 6,705 m (22,000 ft)
- Rate of climb: 8.6 m/s (1,220 ft/min)
- Up to 300 kg (660 lb) external load carrying capability (including pylons).
Turkish Ada-class corvette
TCG Heybeliada (F-511) is the lead ship of the Ada class ASW corvettes of the Turkish Navy. TCG Heybeliada was named after Heybeliada Island, where the Turkish Naval High School is located. Heybeliada Island is part of the Prince Islands archipelago in the Sea of Marmara, to the southeast of Istanbul.
Designed, developed and built by the Tuzla (Istanbul) Naval Shipyard as a part of the MILGEM project, it was laid down on 22 January 2007, launched on 27 September 2008, and commissioned on 27 September 2011.
TCG Heybeliada is equipped with GENESIS combat management system that controls search and navigation radars, electronic warfare suits, weapons, countermeasures, communication devices, underwater and onboard sensors.
The ship is capable of carrying Sikorsky S-70 helicopter or unmanned aircraft, along with the associated armaments, 20 tons of JP-5 aircraft fuel, aerial refueling systems and maintenance facilities.
|Class and type:||Ada class corvette|
|Type:||Patrol and anti-submarine warfare|
|Length:||99.56 m (326.6 ft)|
|Beam:||14.40 m (47.2 ft)|
|Draught:||3.89 m (12.8 ft)|
|Installed power:||30,000 kW (CODAG)|
|Propulsion:||1 gas turbine, 2 diesels, 2 shafts|
|Speed:||·Economy 15 knots
·Maximum 29 knots
|Range:||3,500 nautical miles (6,480 km) @ 15 knots|
|Endurance:||·21 days with logistic support
·10 days autonomous
|Complement:||93 including aviation officers, with accommodation for up to 106|
·SMART-S Mk2 search radar
·Sonar, GPS, LAN, ECDIS
·UniMACS 3000 IPMS
·X-band radar, Fire control radar
Others: Laser/RF systems, ASW jammers, SSTD
·1 × 76 mm OtoMelara Super Rapid
·2 × 12.7 mm Aselsan STAMP
·8 × Harpoon
·21 × RAM (PDMS)
|Aviation facilities:||·Hangar and platform for:|
|Notes:||Capability of storing armaments, 20 tons of JP-5aircraft fuel, aerial refueling (HIRF) and maintenance systems|