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Turkish Air Force uses Pakistani pilots to fly F-16

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Turkish Air Force uses Pakistani pilots to fly F-16

The Turkish Air Force is attracting foreign pilots to fly its F-16 fighters. According to the EurAsian Times, the country's Air Force has been hit hard after the 2016 coup attempt.


According to the newspaper, about 300 pilots of the Turkish Air Force were arrested or dismissed from the army after the attempted coup in 2016. However, even before that, the Turkish military aviation I felt problems with the personnel, after an attempt to change the government, this problem became enormous.

Erdogan's attempts to fill the gap and train a new generation of Turkish pilots, including forcing some to return after retirement or to break contracts with private airlines, have been unsuccessful. The Air Force was still in dire need of qualified pilots. By January 2017, the country lacked 1154 military pilots.

Against this backdrop, Turkey has asked its longtime ally Pakistan to train new pilots on an accelerated program, as well as to send instructors to fly the F-16. Ankara asked Washington for permission to use non-Turkish pilots to fly the F-16, but was refused. Despite this, Ankara has allowed foreign pilots to fly American fighters.

According to Greek media reports, the Turkish Air Force has begun recruiting Pakistani pilots to fly its F-16s, as evidenced by a joint Turkish-Pakistani exercise held in November 2019 in the Mediterranean.

Greek military analysts and leading media groups noted that Pakistanis piloted Turkish military aircraft and even repeatedly violated Greek airspace

- writes the edition.

To summarize, the author notes that the "purge" in 2016 caused serious damage to Turkey's military potential and, therefore, became a serious problem for national security.

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  1. sergo1914
    sergo1914 3 November 2020 09: 03 New
    +2
    Eh, Erdogan, what kind of Pakistanis? Tajikistan, Uzbekistan ... cheap and cheerful.
    1. Alex777
      Alex777 3 November 2020 09: 11 New
      -3
      Erdogan will not be able to pull even a small war with such a situation in the Air Force.
      1. Insurgent
        Insurgent 3 November 2020 09: 23 New
        -1
        Greek military analysts and leading media groups noted that Pakistanis piloted Turkish military aircraft and even repeatedly violated Greek airspace

        What is called - "Picked up by ad"...
        And if the moment comes when the order to use weapons is given to the Pakistani pilot? Who will he be considered, how will his status be determined?
        After all, they were not attracted to flights as extras?
        1. Alex777
          Alex777 3 November 2020 16: 08 New
          0
          What is called - "Picked up on the ad" ...

          Exactly. What they are minus for is not clear ... request
      2. Igor Berg
        Igor Berg 3 November 2020 10: 02 New
        -2
        Erdogan will not be able to pull even a small war with such a situation in the Air Force.
        A way out with a shortage of pilots was found quickly - Bayraktary and Co. more than cheaply and efficiently replaced the F-16 in ground operations in at least three war games, and for the air defense there is the S-400. What problems?
        1. bayard
          bayard 3 November 2020 18: 31 New
          +2
          A good pilot takes a long time to prepare ... And apparently that is why Erdogan recently announced the need to create a unified Turkic army, including Pakistan ...
          And yet it does not diminish ambition.
          1. Alex777
            Alex777 4 November 2020 10: 10 New
            +1
            And yet it does not diminish ambition.

            He cannot stop - they will devour his own. He planted so many people, drove them out, tried, and shot that as soon as he moderates his ambitions, the kirdyk will come to him.
            Someone he reminds me of ... wink
            And in a war of high intensity one cannot swim out on Bayraktars alone.
            Airplanes carry many times more, and they pack what they brought in many times faster, and from a much greater distance.
            The Armenian defeat is from the Armenian problems. hi
      3. TermNachTer
        TermNachTer 3 November 2020 13: 28 New
        -1
        In general, it is not clear what Erdik is counting on? Or is it an autumn aggravation?)))
      4. mvg
        mvg 4 November 2020 01: 57 New
        +2
        Do not pull even a small war for Erdogan

        Pulls, and not one. And, like, very good. Precisely not worse than GDP.
    2. iouris
      iouris 3 November 2020 12: 18 New
      0
      Pakistan is a large country (over 218 thousand inhabitants), with which even the USSR feared openly during the Afghan epic. And it is a nuclear power, backed by China. Thus, Erdogan enjoys the support of the PRC. In addition, the British intelligence services are clearly behind the joint project of Erdogan and China. Traditionally, this is their habitat. It is easy to see that the population of the Russian Federation will very soon have serious problems.
      1. bayard
        bayard 3 November 2020 18: 34 New
        +1
        Quote: iouris
        The British intelligence services are clearly behind the joint project of Erdogan and China. Traditionally, this is their habitat.

        Rather, these services are behind the "united Turan" project, including Pakistan ... Well, the Chinese may turn out to be pimps, although in the deal between China and the United States, Britain was just thrown. Chinese people.
  2. jovanni
    jovanni 3 November 2020 09: 05 New
    0
    Lucky for the Pakistani pilots - they gain combat experience, and they will earn cabbages. Where will the Indians go?
    1. TermNachTer
      TermNachTer 3 November 2020 13: 29 New
      -3
      In general, Turkey has not been very good with cabbage lately. So - they work "for grub".
  3. Masha
    Masha 3 November 2020 09: 05 New
    +1
    Touched ...
    Ankara asked Washington for permission to use non-Turkish pilots to fly the F-16, but was refused. Despite this, Ankara has allowed foreign pilots to fly American fighters.

    Feegley asked? For check?laughing
    1. antiaircrafter
      antiaircrafter 3 November 2020 09: 34 New
      +1
      Quote: Masha
      Feegley asked?

      It is clear, however, that it is impossible only to the one who asks.
  4. rocket757
    rocket757 3 November 2020 09: 26 New
    -1
    And who attacks Turkey ???
    They themselves, themselves, climb everywhere.
  5. APASUS
    APASUS 3 November 2020 09: 35 New
    +1
    Surprising in this situation, Turkey wants to get into another conflict. With the same Greeks, for example. In a real military conflict, the country may not pull
  6. raki-uzo
    raki-uzo 3 November 2020 09: 39 New
    +1
    News of 2017.
    1. Asad
      Asad 3 November 2020 09: 59 New
      +1
      I agree with you that in four years some of the pilots were trained.
      1. Pavlos Melas
        Pavlos Melas 3 November 2020 10: 03 New
        -1
        Eh, Tagip before the Turkish pilots were taught by the Jews now Pakistanis. Good luck nedohalif.
  7. Operator
    Operator 3 November 2020 10: 12 New
    -6
    Where does China look, which gave nuclear weapons to Pakistan and actually contains them - Turkey supports the separatism of the Chinese Uighurs, and Pakistan is helping Turkey.
  8. Stirbjorn
    Stirbjorn 3 November 2020 10: 36 New
    +3
    Strange, of course, 300 pilots dropped out, and the need six months later, as much as 1154! Where is the logic?! request
  9. Nychego
    Nychego 3 November 2020 13: 39 New
    -1
    Erdi thinks very forward?
    The next obvious goal of Turkish expansion is the eternal enemy Iran, and two fronts are not one front, as they used to say ... but many people used to say.
    (please consider this comment as speculation, not as a forecast)
  10. Azimuth
    Azimuth 3 November 2020 18: 51 New
    -1
    Quote: iouris
    Pakistan is a large country (over 218 thousand inhabitants), with which even the USSR feared openly during the Afghan epic. And it is a nuclear power, backed by China. Thus, Erdogan enjoys the support of the PRC. In addition, the British intelligence services are clearly behind the joint project of Erdogan and China. Traditionally, this is their habitat. It is easy to see that the population of the Russian Federation will very soon have serious problems.

    Turkish pan-Islamism and pan-Turkism, Great Turan and everything else you mentioned, run counter to the interests of China.
  11. Azimuth
    Azimuth 3 November 2020 18: 54 New
    -1
    Quote: iouris
    Pakistan is a large country (over 218 thousand inhabitants), with which even the USSR feared openly during the Afghan epic. And it is a nuclear power, backed by China. Thus, Erdogan enjoys the support of the PRC. In addition, the British intelligence services are clearly behind the joint project of Erdogan and China. Traditionally, this is their habitat. It is easy to see that the population of the Russian Federation will very soon have serious problems.

    218 MILLION, not thousands.
  12. Azimuth
    Azimuth 3 November 2020 18: 55 New
    -1
    Quote: Nychego
    Erdi thinks very forward?
    The next obvious goal of Turkish expansion is the eternal enemy Iran, and two fronts are not one front, as they used to say ... but many people used to say.
    (please consider this comment as speculation, not as a forecast)

    There they are in the wagon train of the States ... And Karabakh was started for a reason, they will break Iran into nat. soil and stir up separatism in South Azerbaijan, and they have already made quite a lot of progress in this.
    I will not be surprised if in 2-3 years the boom in Iran begins in full and in full swing.
  13. Sasha from Uralmash
    Sasha from Uralmash 4 November 2020 17: 55 New
    0
    And they also offered everyone to fly on their planes!