20 April 2022 (ISLAMABAD): Iraq has received the first batch of MFI-17 Super Mushshak Aircraft from Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC). These “Made in Pakistan” will enhance the training capabilities of the Iraqi Air Force. Pakistan & Iraq signed an agreement for the delivery of 12 MFI-17 Super Mushshak Aircraft. The total value of this contract is $33 million and also includes spare parts & maintenance.
Super Mushshak is a primary trainer aircraft developed by the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC). It is an upgraded version of the MFI-17 Mushshak aircraft and has been designed for basic flight training, aerobatics, instrument flying, navigation, and night flying. The Super Mushshak features a modern glass cockpit, a more powerful engine, and an improved airframe.
The aircraft has been in service with the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) since 2010 and has also been exported to several other countries, including Iran, Oman, Nigeria, and Qatar.
Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) mentioned a few capabilities of Super Mushshak in the IDEAS-2022 booklet:
- Primary flying training
- Electric trim (optional)
- Advance avionics package
- low maintenance man hour/flight hours
Umair Aslam is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Global Defense Insight. He has worked as a defense journalist reporting on military modernization programs, nuclear non-proliferation, arms control, and the South Asian Arms race.