Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC), Kamra has signed a deal with Azerbaijan for the sale of 10 Super Mushshak aircraft.
The contract was signed in Azerbaijan in the presence of Air Marshal Arshad Malik, Chairman PAC Kamra from Pakistan and Lieutenant General Ramiz Tahirov, Air Force Commander from Azerbaijan.
In addition to the Super Mushshak aircrafts, Pakistan will also provide operational training and technical support for Azerbaijan Air Force. The agreement will enhance the ties between the two countries.
Super Mushshak’s Capabilities
The MFI-17 Super Mushshak has two to three seats with a wingspan of 8.85 metres and a length of 7.15 metres. It has a maximum speed of 268 km/h. The total range of the plane is 814 km and it can reach a maximum height of 22,000 feet.
Super Mushshak aircraft are produced locally in Pakistan. They are primarily designed for use as military training aircraft. There are about 300 Super Mushshaks being used by Pakistan Air Force and Pakistan Army for training and other activities.
Sold to Other Countries as Well
This is one of many sales that the PAC has completed to date, concluding similar deals with Nigeria, Qatar and Turkey. About 10 Super Mushshaks were sold to Nigeria, 8 were sold to Qatar and 52 were sold to Turkey.
Recently the first batch of these aircraft that were sold to Qatar, arrived at Doha.
Upgrades Made to The Super Mushshak
The aircraft was also upgraded a few months ago by the PAC. They have received intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) upgrades in the form of electro-optic/infrared (EO/IR) sensor turrets.
Following aerodynamic and structural analysis, a Chinese 25 kg FT-10 precision-guided bomb was also added to each wing of the plane.
In addition, an autopilot system is also being considered which would help stabilize the plane after the above mentioned bombs are dropped.