Pakistani pilots will be trained; Pompeo warns Iran; The U.S. pressure on Turkey is unacceptable
PANAGYURISHTE, (BM) – Your briefly report on December 14 in last twelve hours from BulgarianMilitary.com:
Pakistani pilots to get technical training in Turkey
Turkish engineering company Yontem Teknoloji won a tender for technical training of Pakistani pilots.
The firm will start training as of June 2020 in Turkey’s newly established aviation academy, according to SAHA Istanbul Defence and Aerospace Cluster Association.
At the first stage, 30 Pakistani pilots will be trained at the School of Aviation Training and Services and the number of pilots will be increased gradually in the following period.
Ilhami Keles, the secretary general of SAHA Istanbul, said products and systems manufactured in Turkey will be made available to Pakistani pilots during the training.
Emre Uzar, the general manager of Yontem Teknoloji, stated that the Turkish firm will share its experience on simulators and training sets in compliance with the Directorate General of Civil Aviation and European Union Aviation Safety Agency.
“Turkey has become a defense technology exporter, our goal is to make Turkey a world leader in the field of technology and education by developing more products,” Uzar noted.
Pompeo warns Iran after proxy attacks in Iraq
US Secretary of State slammed Iranian-backed militias in Iraq for an attack near Baghdad International Airport that wounded five Iraqi soldiers.
“To Iran’s leaders, the US will respond decisively if Iran or its proxies harm US personnel or our Iraqi partners.” Pompeo also noted that Iran’s proxies in Iraq have conducted several attacks against bases in Iraq where US forces are located.
This comes after six months of tensions in Iraq in which Iranian-backed Shi’ite militias have been accused of carry out more than ten attacks against bases where US forces are present.
The attacks have usually involved rocket and mortar fire that has rarely harmed anyone but comes close to bases where US forces and Iraqi forces are located. This includes Camp Taji, Ayn al-Asad base and Q-West and Balad air bases.
These are key infrastructure and sites for US forces and the wider anti-ISIS Coalition. US Vice-President Mike Pence and US President Donald Trump have also spoken at Asad base to US troops.
Russia slams US pressure on Turkey over S-400 purchase
Moscow considers U.S. pressure on Turkey over its buying Russian S-400 defense systems “unacceptable,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Thursday.
Speaking at a news conference in Moscow, Zakharova said this attempt to pressure Turkey is out of bounds in the system of international relations.
“We consider this rhetoric unacceptable, since it is actually about pressure,” she said.
“There are examples of similar pressure by Washington on a number of other states, this is not only about Turkey, and not only about the S-400, and not only about topics related to Russia. In recent years, Washington has used sanctions policy in those issues where it is necessary to promote its own interests.”
This July, Turkey’s acquisition of Russian S-400 defense systems prompted the Trump administration to suspend Turkey from the F-35 program. The U.S. claims the system would be a security risk and is incompatible with NATO systems.
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Source: Yeni Safak, TJP