Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) is going to deliver the first installation of MFI-395 Super Mushshak Basic Training Aircraft (BEU) to Turkey by June next year. The PAC officials told this to the Defense Turkey Magazine during the recently-concluded Dubai Airshow 2019 Exhibition.
According to PAC, the deliveries will continue every six months, and the order will be completed by the end of 2022 in 10 batches.
In the first installation, Pakistan will hand over three MFI-395 Super Mushshak aircraft. The Turkish Air Force will carry out the acceptance test, and after clearance, seven more jets will be delivered by the end of 2020.
The contract was signed on 23rd November 2016 in Karachi, while an official agreement was signed in May later that year in Istanbul.
Under the project, PAC was expected to deliver 52 MFI-395 by 2017, which were due to replace the T-41 and SF-260D aircraft in the Turkish Airforce. However, due to unknown reasons, the delivery could not be started.
Features of MFI-395 Super Mushshak Aircraft
- Propeller engine
- IFF and GPS capable of interrogating friendly enemies
- Short landing and take-off distance
- Low pitch and final approach speeds
- UHF / VHF radio, Basic maneuverability
- Low speed and final approach speeds, the high side wind limit
- Canopy provision for better vision for both instructor and student
Technical Specifications of MFI-395
- Length : 23.5ft (7.15)
- Height: 8ft to 6 inches (2.6m)
- Wingspan: 29ft (8.85m)
- Wing Area: 11.9m2
- The curb weight of the automobile is 1.676lb (760kg)
- Maximum Take-off Weight: 2.755lb (1.250kg)
- Engine Type: 6-cylinder Textron Lycoming IO-540 V4A5
- Engine Power: 260hp (at International Standard Atmosphere (ISA), 2.7oo rpm)
- Service Ceiling: 22,000ft (6,705m)
- Fuel Capacity: 47 Gallons (in two separate internal fuel tanks)
- Crew: In the cockpit, the Teacher Pilot and the Student Pilot (throw seats) sit side by side, and the rear cabin has a seat option for third personnel.
- Range: 440nm (814km)
- Staying in the air: 4 hours 15 minutes
- Body Life: 9,500 hours
Note that Pakistan has previously delivered the training aircraft to Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, Iraq, Syria, Iran, Nigeria, South Africa, and Azerbaijan.
A Boost for Pakistan’s Defense Exports
Thanks to continuous support from its close ally China, Pakistan’s defense exports are gradually picking pace. The country’s defense exports have exceeded $210 million in the current financial year, with a target of hitting the $1b mark in the coming years.