Nigeria to buy 10 Super Mushshak from Pakistan

Published: October 22, 2016
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ISLAMABAD: Nigeria will buy 10 Super Mushshak aircraft from Pakistan, highlighting growing demand for the indigenously built plane which several countries already operate as a ‘primary trainer’.

A signing ceremony for the deal was held on Friday in Abuja, where Nigerian Air Vice Marshal Iya Ahmed Abdullahi and Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) Chairman Air Marshal Arshad Malik signed the contract, a statement issued by the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) said.

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The contract also includes operational training and technical support and assistance to the Nigerian Air Force (NAF). PAF said it will establish this facility in the shortest possible time.

“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,” the statement said. “The deal further strengthens PAC’s 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.

Talks are also at an advanced stage with Qatar and Turkey for the delivery of Super Mushshak, a senior PAF official told The Express Tribune on condition of anonymity. He said Super Mushshak is a ‘major success story’ of Pakistan and reflects the country’s potential to become one of the main exporters of such high-tech military equipment.

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The PAF official added that there are a few countries in the world which export aircraft. “Even India with its tall claims has not yet been able to produce an aircraft which has been exported.”

Super Mushshak is an advanced variant of the Mushshak basic trainer, which was also produced by PAC. The PAF put up the Super Mushshak for static as well as aerial display in last year’s Dubai Air Show, where certain nations expressed interest in the aircraft.

Pakistan is also aggressively marketing its indigenously built state-of-the-art JF-17 Thunder fighter aircraft, which Nigeria is also reportedly interested in buying.  In July this year, NAF Chief of Staff Air Marshal Sadique Baba Abubakar said the force would acquire three JF-17s from Pakistan.

If the deal is confirmed, Nigeria would be the first country to acquire the state-of-the-art fighter from Pakistan. However, there is no official confirmation if Pakistan is indeed supplying the JF-17 jets to Nigeria.

Last year, Pakistan managed to secure its first ever export order for its JF-17 fighter jets at the International Paris Air Show.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 22nd, 2016.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • bridgeseller
    Oct 22, 2016 - 9:07AM

    Move over balance of payments crisis, with that kind of forex inflow, all of pakistan’s monetary troubles are over!Recommend

  • BrainBro
    Oct 22, 2016 - 10:03AM

    Hope it is not that “Nigerian Prince” that is always filling up my inbox.Recommend

  • Amer
    Oct 22, 2016 - 11:53AM

    Pakistan is so isolated ……Recommend

  • Haji Atiya
    Oct 22, 2016 - 6:58PM

    @BrainBro:
    Of course you can always pull a fast one on that “Nigerian Prince” and sell him a couple of unairworthy Tejas jalopies !Recommend

  • AD
    Oct 22, 2016 - 8:22PM

    @Haji Atiya:
    Whether India sells Tejas or not, India doesn’t have to depend on small nations for finances to manage its country. However Pakis cannot survive without begging. For a change you selling some ugly looking toys on half the price.Recommend

  • Arsalan
    Oct 23, 2016 - 12:23PM

    More than the news items, i like reading the comments and counter comments :)
    I am surprised at the number of Indians that read Pakistani news.. thats an honor actually.. only the western countries have such following from developing nationsRecommend

  • ali
    Oct 24, 2016 - 12:39PM

    @AD we know it really pain you guys when we talk about tejas, which are still infants while its counterpart is grown up and running too.

    Why don’t you try to sell tejas even for free to any african country.

    And for your kind information, as i am pretty sure you never stepped out of india. I have seen your Shining India’s sons working in farms in HIPC (highly indebted poor countries) in west africa like Ghana.

    And Indian is depending on the money transferred from such poor countries. Recommend

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