Turkish Aerospace has opened its first office in Pakistan at the country’s National Science & Technology Park, Sabah Daily reported.
The Technology Park, Pakistan’s first, is expected to make significant contributions to the country’s technological development.
“We are the first Turkish defense firm to open an office in Pakistan’s first Technopark,” Turkish Aerospace Marketing and Communications Director Serdar Demir said in a statement to Anadolu Agency (AA).
The Technopark was inaugurated Tuesday by Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, who also visited the Turkish Aerospace office.
“We informed the Pakistani Prime Minister about the cooperation opportunities and the projects that Turkish Aerospace aims to carry out in Pakistan. We are one of six countries to have an office in Pakistan’s first Technopark,” Demir said, adding that the company will also assess cooperation opportunities with Pakistani universities.
Demir underlined Turkish Aerospace’s deal to sell 30 T129 ATAK helicopters to Pakistan and the company’s aim to positively conclude the ongoing process. He noted that the firm is in negotiations with the country over other defense platforms.
Turkish Aerospace and Pakistan’s Ministry of Defense Production signed a deal last July to export the 30 attack and reconnaissance helicopters. The Turkish defense firm has assumed extensive responsibility in terms of logistics, spare parts, training and ammunition.
The defense manufacturer applied for a defense license from U.S. authorities last December. However, the negotiations have been temporarily stalled and no result has been announced. Turkish Aerospace is currently working on the development of the first domestic helicopter engine with its engine subsidiary TUSAŞ Engine Industries (TEI). In May TEI delivered Turkish Aerospace the first domestically developed helicopter engine T700-TEI-701D.
Turkish Aerospace maintains its efforts to expand multidimensional cooperation with Pakistan and to that end welcomed 15 students from the country’s National University of Science and Technology University - listed among the world’s top 500 science and tech universities.
“The students came to our company and received month-long training, benefiting from the expertise of our engineers. With this project, we have taken future-oriented steps and brought together Turkish and Pakistani youth who will be the decision makers in future projects,” Demir said.