Turkey to Purchase 52 Super Mushshak Aircraft from Pakistan

Issue 72 - March 2017

The Turkish Undersecretariat of Defense Industries and Pakistan Aeronautical Complex have signed a MoU for purchasing of 52 MFI-395 Super Mushshak Trainer Aircraft during IDEAS 2016 in Karaachi on 23th November. Air Marshal Arshad Malik, Chairman Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) and Mr. Mustafa Seker, Deputy Undersecretary for Defense Industries have inked the contract on behalf of the parties. As per the MoU Pakistan Aeronautical Complex, Kamra will provide 52 Super Mushshak Trainer aircraft to the Turkish Air Force for primary training of its pilots. Pakistan Prime Minister Mr. Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, Pakistan Minister of National Defense Mr. Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Minister for Defense Production Rana Tanveer Hussain and Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman, Chief of the Air Staff Pakistan Air Force along with high-ranking officials of Pakistan and Turkey were also present at the occasion.

The Super Mushshak aircraft is already in service with Saudi Arabia, Oman, Iran and South Africa as well as The Qatar and Nigeria have placed an order in advance of the IDEAS exhibition.

The Super Mushshak is an advanced variant of the Mushshak Basic Trainer, and is produced at the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex. Super Mushshak, with advanced avionics is an upgraded version of Mushshak fitted with a more powerful engine, cockpit air-conditioning, electrical instruments, and electric cum manual elevator and rudder trim. The aircraft has been developed to meet FAR part 23 certification in categories normal, utility and aerobatics. It has a spacious side-by-side cockpit giving a good view to the pilot (instructor) and co pilot (student) for the effective “watch me” instruction.  Super Mushshak meets the requirement of a modern primary training syllabus and is an ideal basic trainer for basic flight training and instrument flying.  The aircraft has a service ceiling of 22,000 feet, and a maximum speed of 268km/h. The range of the aircraft is reported at 814 kilometers. The Turkish Super Mushshak aircraft are scheduled to be delivered in three batches – the first in 2017, the second in 2018 while the last batch will be delivered in 2019. Turkey is expected to replace the older SF-260 and the Cessna T-41D aircraft in inventory with the Super Mushshak primary trainer.