Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan said his country may soon acquire the T-129 attack helicopter and Hurkus turboprop trainer from Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) as the two countries expand defence ties.

According to reports from Turkey, an unnamed government official said Zeidan toured the TAI production facilities on January 3 and was briefed on the possible sale of the two aircraft. The official said TAI is optimistic that Libyan official and the company will start discussions regarding a possible sale, which could be an entry point into for Turkey into the Libyan weapons market.

“We are hopeful about a powerful entry. The Libyans are keen to explore possibilities of cooperation. Libya could be a promising market soon, especially in view of the fact that political relations are excellent,” the official said. Turkey has been developing the T-129A helicopter in partnership with British-Italian aircraft manufacturer AugustaWestland. […]