Turkey plans to buy 32 Mi-28 strike helicopters from Russia after its request to buy Cobra and Super Cobra helicopters from the United States was turned down, Turkish and Russian media reports said on Monday.
The Turkish armed forces had planned to buy ten second-hand Cobras from the
The U.S. Department of State however declined the Turkish request citing the absence of available helicopters of this type, and offered as a substitute, AH-64 Apache helicopters from Boeing.
Media reports said command of the ground forces of Turkey had earlier rejected Mangusta helicopters offered by Italy as a provisional substitute, despite their being chosen for joint production. According to the command, A-129 helicopters of current configuration do not comply with the requirements of the ground forces of
According to sources, the Turkish authorities finally negotiated with Rosoboronexport on the urgent purchase of 32 Mi-28 helicopters.