Turkey Orders 52 Super Mushshaks
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.
(Report: Directorate of Media Affairs, PAF)