Joint Closing Ceremony of National Integrated Counter Terrorism Course and Capacity Enhancement Course FC KP
On May 04, 2017 graduation/closing ceremony of National Integrated Counter Terrorism Course-10 (NICTC-10) and Capacity Enhancement Course-3 for Frontier Corps Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was held at National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC) Pabbi. Commander 1 Corps Lieutenant General Azhar Saleh Abbasi was the Chief Guest. The Joint Closing Ceremony was also attended by Major General Syed Aamer Raza General Commanding Office Headquarters 37 Division, Brigadier Yousaf Majoka Deputy Inspector General Frontier Corps Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Karim Khan Deputy Inspector General Police Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and other officials from various departments. These courses are in the continuation of series of special training being organized by the Army for the capacity enhancement of our Sister Services and Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs). The NICTC-10 included 380 individuals from 16 different departments including Sister Services, Police, Rangers, Defence Services Guards, Anti Narcotics Force, Pakistan Coast Guards, Strategic Planning Divison and other Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) while Capacity Enhancement Course for Frontier Corps Khyber Pakhtunkhwa included 288 all ranks form Frontier Corps Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Earlier during the day, Chief of Sri Lankan Army Lieutenant General A.W.J. Crishantha de Silva along with his team of senior military officials visited NCTC Pabbi and witnessed the performance/training of NICTC-10 and FC KP CEC-3 in which the trainees displayed excellent skills of counter terrorism training. Lieutenant General Hidayat Ur Rehman Inspector General Training and Evaluation and Major General Muhammad Chiragh Haider Director General Military Training were also present during the visit. Ever since its inception, thousands of trainees from LEAs, Pakistan Air Force and Pakistan Navy along with foreign trainees from numerous friendly countries have been trained at this renowned institution of Pakistan Army. Commander 1 Corps lauded the efforts of National Counter Terrorism Centre in enhancing the capacity of LEAs and contributing to national cause of fight against terrorism. He paid homage to the sacrifices of our Sister Services and Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) in general and Pakistan Army in particular. He also highlighted the success of Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad which is in progress all over the country. Commander 1 Corps later interacted with trainees and invitees from LEAs and reiterated the national resolve to fight the menace of terrorism.
Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) and Turkish Air Force (TurAF) inked a contract for the supply of 52 Super Mushshaks which replaced TurAF’s existing primary training aircraft.
A contract signing ceremony was held at Istanbul during the 13th International Defence Industry Fair 2017. Air Marshal Arshad Malik, Chairman Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) signed the contract with Professor Dr. Ismail Demir, Turkey’s Under Secretary for Defence Industries. All the aircraft will replace the TurAF’s fleet of SF260s and Cessna T-41s based at Izmir-Kaklic and Istanbul-Yesilkoy respectively for student pilot/undergraduate training. They will be fitted with the Garmin 950 avionics in the cockpit. With the first TurAF Super Mushshaks already being produced at PAC Kamra, the first pair will be supplied within nine months, according to the PAC Chairman. The remaining 50 aircraft will follow within three years. Five TurAF pilots are expected to attend the PAF’s Flying Instructor School at PAF Academy Asghar Khan to train as instructor pilots.
The Qatar Air Force examples also fitted with Garmin 950 avionics will be delivered in June. While the new aircraft for the Nigerian Air Force, equipped with a Dynon avionics suite should be delivered in July. There is no doubt the glass cockpit has breathed new life into a trainer that hadn’t been sold to a military export customer since Saudi Arabia bought them in 2004. It marks the biggest Pakistan export order to a NATO customer and comes in the wake of deals with the Air Forces of Iran, Iraq, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. The trainer is also on order with Nigeria.
Around 46 of these Super Mushshak aircraft are currently in service with the Pakistan Air Force (PAF), with the first-one being commissioned around the year 2000. Super Mushshak aircraft fitted with an American 260 hp engine, cockpit air conditioning, electrical instruments, and electric/manual elevator and rudder trim, the aircraft has been developed to meet FAR part 23 certification in normal, utility and aerobatics categories. It has a spacious side-by-side cockpit allowing good contact between the pilot and the co-pilot/observer or between the student and the instructor. The Super Mushshak meets the requirements of a modern primary training syllabus and is an ideal basic trainer for basic flight training and instrument flying.
Representatives of the state-owned Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC), which announced the deal, and the Turkish government signed the contract on November 23, on the sidelines of the International Defence Exhibition and Seminar (IDEAS) that is held every two years in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi.
The Super Mushshak is a PAC licence-built version of the Saab MFI-17 Supporter aircraft, which is usually the first platform used for training air force cadets.