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T129 hot and high in Pakistan

24th June 2016 - 09:45 GMT | by Alan Warnes in London

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Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) has sent its T129 ATAK advanced attack and reconnaissance helicopter to Pakistan, at the request of the Pakistan Army Aviation Command (PAA).

The T129 was in Pakistan for two weeks in late May and flew in some of the country’s hottest and highest places as part of ongoing negotiations.

The PAA has been fighting terrorism in the Federally Administered Tribal Area (FATA) for the past ten years with the AH-1S Cobra, although the Vietnam-era helicopters were never designed to fight at the high altitudes of 16,000ft and above which they currently are.

The T129 ATAK helicopter

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