Irshad Salim — Pakistan has signed agreement with Azerbaijan government for sale of ten Super Mushshak trainer aircraft to Azerbaijan Air Force.
The contract was signed in Azerbaijan, where Air Marshal Arshad Malik, Chairman Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) Kamra represented Pakistan; whereas, Azerbaijan was represented by Lieutenant General Ramiz Tahirov, Air Force Commander Azerbaijan at the occasion.
This contract would also include operational training and technical support and assistance to Azerbaijan Air Force. This landmark agreement will further strengthen the bilateral ties between the two brotherly Countries.
Indigenously produced in Pakistan, the aircraft is equipped with most modern equipment and capabilities which makes it one of the best military trainer aircraft.
Approximately 300 of these aircraft are being used by the Pakistan Air Force and Pakistan Army for military training of pilots and other defense related activities.
Pakistan recently also signed agreements to export Super Mushshak aircraft to Turkey, Nigeria, Maldives, Qatar, Azerbaijan.
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 besides enhancing its military-industrial complex for defense (rowing threat from its next-door neighbor India) and export.
Recently, India’s Vice Chief of Army Staff (VCOAS) Lieutenant General Sarath Chand admitted that Pakistan has a better military industrial base and exports more defense equipment than India.
“I would even go to the extent of saying that Pakistan probably has a better industrial base, as far as defense production is concerned, than our country. In fact they export defense equipment abroad, definitely more than what we are doing,” Times of India quoted Chand as saying.
The trainer aircraft is already in service with Saudi Arabia, Oman, Iran, Iraq and South Africa. Several countries have also purchased Pakistan’s JF-17 Thunder fighter jets made in collaboration with China.