On July 27, Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) has inked a contract to sell 10 Super Mushshak trainers to Azerbaijan.
State-owned Radio Pakistan reports that the agreement was signed by PAC Chairman Air Marshal Arshad Malik and Azerbaijani Air and Air Defence Force (or Azeri Air Force) Commander Lt. Gen. Ramiz Tahirov.
This is PAC’s second Super Mushshak order in 2017, following a 52-plane order from Turkey for replacing the Turkish Air Force’s SF-260s. PAC inked a contract with the Turkish government in May.
In 2016, PAC secured Super Mushshak orders of eight and 10 aircraft from Qatar and Nigeria, respectively. The company began delivering aircraft to both countries in July.
The Super Mushshak is an upgraded PAC-built derivative of the Saab MFI-17 Supporter. When the MFI-17’s original manufacturer Malmö Flygindustri ceased production of the aircraft in 1982, PAC undertook the role of manufacturing the platform under the designation Mushshak (Proficient) in 1983.
In 2002, PAC unveiled the Super Mushshak, an improved variant comprising of a glass cockpit as well as Lycoming IO 540-V4A5 260 hp engine. PAC is also configuring the Super Mushshak with an electro-optical sensor pod and guided air-to-ground munitions, pitching the platform as a light attack platform.
In late 2016, Baku and Islamabad committed to enhancing bilateral defence relations, especially in joint-defence production. PAC is eager to sell JF-17 Thunder multi-role fighters to the Azeri Air Force, which reportedly rekindled its interest in the platform in November.
Notes & Comments:
Although the JF-17 is PAC’s marquee product, the Super Mushshak has had a spate of commercial success in 2016 and 2017, accruing cumulative orders of 80 aircraft from four countries. Some of these purchases can expand with follow-on orders, which could potentially push the current production past 100.
However, a JF-17 sale to Baku would be a significant breakthrough for PAC. Currently, the JF-17 has foreign orders from Myanmar (16) and Nigeria (three).
The Azeri Air Force’s aging Su-25 and MiG-21 fleet would likely be PAC’s target for pitching the JF-17, which could fulfill the air defence and ground-attack roles of both legacy Russian platforms. The Azeri Air Force could look at the JF-17 Block-II, which can deploy short and medium-range air-to-air missiles, anti-ship missiles and stand-off range glide bombs, or the forthcoming JF-17 Block-III, which will be equipped with an active electronically-scanned array (AESA) radar among other new subsystems.
Selling like hot cake now eh?
We are cooking on gas. Well done to PAC.
I’d be a lot more excited had the JF-17 been selling like hot cakes.
Let’s see how JF-17 block 3 evolves. We might still be in the running for major exports?
Jf-17 is selling more like a cold cake…you don’t smell it baking…but it’s selling 😀
Excellent news. PAC have built up a very healthy order book. Once Block III is available I think we will see more orders for JF-17.
is’i it is time to change jf-17 airframe. i saw this discussion many time in different forums?
What about the new trainer program?
Competitor of super mashak?
Good suggestion. Like I said in another post; let’s learn how to build the turboprop engine and the propeller first.
Keep going PAC Keep Going Pakistan
Good luck to PAC…. PAC should also try to develop an Airborne Early Warning Aircraft.
Without any investment in radar development
Good job PAC, may you sell many more …………. !!!
Good going. Now that the Super Mushshak is fulfilling its potential, PAC should look to advance and further develop its product base and offerings. With the JF-17B and Block III, there will surely be orders for the aircraft. However, the PAC should also look to offer the K-8, with required modifications, as a jet-trainer / CAS platform. If the Super Mushshak can be fitted with a targeting pod and missiles, the K-8 can be a very handy platform to offer with a similar capability.
can any body tell the difference between k-8 and super mashak??
Does pak can built it like super mushak???
if we can then how many we sold till date