In the first week of 2022 Pakistan cancel the acquisition of 30 T129 ATAK attack helicopters it ordered in 2018 and instead negotiates with China for the purchase of the Z-10ME.
From the most stringent tests to the sudden cancellation of orders, this is normal for countries to purchase military equipment. Some time ago, Australia cancelled the French submarine order and re-signed an agreement with the United States and the UK. Similar things have actually happened between China and Pakistan.
In the beginning, after many investigations, Pakistan finally made a decision in 2018 to spend US$1.5 billion to purchase 30 Turkish-made T129 helicopters. As we know, China had provided three Z-10s to the Pakistani military and had already delivered them to their combat units. Even these three Z-10s appeared at Pakistan’s military parade. Just when many people thought that Pakistan would definitely finalize a contract with China on the Z-10 attack helicopter, the Pakistani military chose the T129.
The reason Pakistan didn’t buy the Chinese attack helicopter even its cheaper than T129 is because of Chine products unreliability and cheap build quality. Pakistan is truly aware of Chinese-made products that’s why pakis never consider using Chinese engines on their JF-17 However, after winning the J-10 some time ago, Pakistan figured it out and found in the attack helicopter segment no one can help except China