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Nigeria To Buy 10 Super Mushshak AirCraft To Enhance NAF Air Dominance

According to IANS Pakistan, Nigeria’s government has completed the agreement to buy 10 Super Mushshak aircraft from Pakistan to boost its air power for the Nigerian Air Force. Based on the 2016 Nigerian defence budget, the NAF plans to ORDER up to 20 JF-17s from PAC at a cost of $25 million(N8 Billion today’s naira), while the cost of the 10 Super Mushshak basic trainers was estimated at $10.2 million(N3.2 Billion today’s naira).

Nigerian Air Vice Marshal Iya Ahmed Abdullahi and Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) Chairman Air Marshal Arshad Malik signed the contract in this regard in Nigerian capital Abuja yesterday, a Pakistan Air Force (PAF) statement said.The contract also includes operational training and technical support and assistance to the Nigerian Air Force (NAF). “This contract would not only open new avenues for export of aviation equipment to foreign countries but also help in generating revenue for the country,” a PAF statement said.

“The DEAL further strengthens Pakistan Aeronautical Complex’s (PAC) status as a world-class aviation industry producing the supersonic JF-17 Thunder and Super Mushshak trainer aircraft,” it added. The Super Mushshak, which is based off a Swedish design but built under license in Pakistan, is already in service with Saudi Arabia, Oman, Iran and South Africa. Super Mushshak is an advanced variant of the Mushshak basic trainer, which was also produced by PAC.

The Super Mushshak is 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.

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