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Manila still hopes US can talk Turkey on T129

21st May 2021 - 03:47 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Christchurch


The Philippine Air Force still has its heart, and money, set on the T129 Atak helicopter from Turkey. (Turkish Aerospace)

The Philippines and Turkey remain hopeful of getting American engines for the T129 Atak.

The Philippine Air Force (PAF) refuses to drop plans to acquire six T129 Atak helicopters from Turkish Aerospace, but there's a lack of clarity whether the company can deliver them owing to US sanctions over items such as engines.

Online publication Middle East Eye reported on 17 May that, according to ‘multiple Turkish officials’, the US had approved export licenses that would allow a T129 sale to Manila to go ahead.

It quoted Serdar Demir, Turkish Aerospace corporate communications president, as saying Washington had issued paperwork that would permit the sale of LHTEC CTS800-4A turboshaft engines, manufactured under a JV …

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