US Objects Sale of Turkish Gunship Helicopters To Pakistan

Aizbah KhanWeb Editor

10th Mar, 2021. 08:01 pm
US Objects Sale of Turkish Gunship Helicopters To Pakistan

Pakistan signed a $1.5 billion deal with Turkey in July 2012 to buy the helicopters. However, the United States refused to allow it, delaying the agreement.

Defence and diplomatic circles in Pakistan say that the deal will not make much of a difference as Pakistan looks to China for its defence needs anyway.

According to experts, these gunship helicopters in Turkey have American engines. Therefore, the United States has the power to stop the export of helicopters to a third country. Under agreements between the two countries, Turkey cannot export these gunship helicopters to Pakistan without US permission.

Experts believe this is a purely technical issue, largely related to the sale and purchase of weapons between Turkey and Russia.

The United States is not in favour of this and therefore is obstructing Turkey’s defence trade with other countries.

Turkey is also manufacturing Istanbul F-515 and the third Militia Corvette warship for Pakistan Navy.

Turkey has also joined the list of 10 countries capable of designing, manufacturing and maintaining warships.

Some critics believe that President Joe Biden is more sensitive to human rights issues than Trump. The United States also wants to ensure that the weapons sell are not used against its interests anywhere.

US weapons have been misused in Yemen, putting a lot of pressure on the US administration not to do so in the future.

The United States provided weapons to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, which were used in Yemen, and human rights groups made a lot of noise about it.

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