As a goodwill gesture, Turkey will provide 34 jet trainers to Pakistan as a gift. These aircraft are going to be Northrop T-38 Talon, which is a two-seat, twin-engine supersonic jet trainer. The plane has the honor to be the world’s first supersonic trainer and also the most produced.
The decision was conveyed by Turkish Commander of Air Force General Abidin Unal to his counterpart in Pakistan Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman during a recent meeting.
It is expected that planes will be handed over to Pakistan before the end of the year. The new inventory will be enough to meet training needs for the next 10 years of the PAF.
T-38M is a modernised Turkish Air Force T-38A with full glass cockpit and avionics. These jets were upgraded by Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) under the project.
The US Air Force (USAF) has been using T-38M extensively and has trained about 50,000 pilots on this type of plane.
One plane costs US $5.879 million as it is a US made machine that is being used world over including NASA.
In coming weeks, the Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman is expected to visit Turkey to receive the gift from the Turkish Air Force.
At the same time, Pakistan is looking for 5th generation fighter and is focusing on its JF-17 Thunder multirole fighter plane which is attracting buyers world over.