ISLAMABAD/ANKARA - Turkey will provide 34 T-37 aircraft and their spare parts to Pakistan free of cost under a landmark defence cooperation agreement signed between the two countries in Ankara on Wednesday.

Turkish defence ministry spokesman Narita Farhan told media that the T-37 is a jet trainer light combat aircraft and Turkey, on Pakistan’s desire, extended a fleet of 34 aircraft along with spare parts to Pakistan.

The agreement was signed after the conclusion of the 11th Meeting of the Pakistan-Turkey High Level Military Dialogue Group (HLMDG) in Ankara, an official announcement said.

From Pakistan’s side, the agreement was signed by Defence Procurement Director General Major General Naveed Ahmed while Logistics Chief Major General Serdar Gulbas signed the documents from the Turkish side.

A joint communiqué was signed by Defence Secretary Lt-Gen (r) Muhammad Alam Khattak and Gen Yasar GULER, Deputy Chief of Turkish General Staff. Lt-Gen (r) Alam Khattak during the visit highlighted Pakistan’s defence capability and its relevance in the current global scenario.

Khattak said both working groups did considerable work to review progress on decisions taken in the last HLMDG meeting as well as deciding on the new agenda related to security issues and defence cooperation.

The secretary defence expressed desire to further expand cooperation between the defence industries of the two countries, from strategic to joint venture levels. He said the HLMDG meeting proved very successful and expressed satisfaction over the unanimity of views on the subjects negotiated.