The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) received first batch of PAC Super Mushshak basic trainer aircraft (BTA) ordered from Pakistan.
The first batch of the five trainer aircraft was received on arrival by the Air Officer Commanding Air Training Command, Air Vice Marshal Chris Okoye. Nigeria has ordered 10 Super Mushshaks from Pakistan.
The aircraft will be used for the primary flying training of NAF pilots at the 401 Flying Training School in Kaduna.
It would be recalled that the NAF inducted the Super Mushshak aircraft into the NAF inventory on 5 December 2016. This followed the kind gesture of the Pakistan Government to temporarily make 4 Super Mushshak aircraft of the Pakistan Air Force available to the NAF, at no cost, to immediately commence the training of NAF pilots. Since then, the in-house training of NAF pilots had resumed in earnest.
With the arrival of the first batch of the NAF’s trainer aircraft, the local training of NAF student pilots will receive a boost at a much reduced cost. The new aircraft will soon be inducted into service after assembly and successful test flights.
PAC Super Mushshak (Urdu: سپر مشاق) (“Proficient”) is a primary trainer aircraft, which is a more advanced, upgraded variant of the MFI-17 Mushshak.
It was designed by and is being manufactured at the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex Aircraft Manufacturing Factory (AMF) at Kamra in Punjab province.
Source: Facebook/Nigerian Air Force