According to the Chairman of the Pakistani Senate’s Standing Committee on Defence, Lt. General (retd) Abdul Qayyum, Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) will export 100 Super Mushshak trainers to Turkey.
Speaking to the state-owned Associate Press of Pakistan, the chairman stated that this would be PAC’s single largest export order in its history.
In 2013, the Turkish Air Force (TuAF) had released a requirement for 52 basic – or ‘screening’ – trainers to replace its ageing SF-260s, which currently form the foundation of the TuAF’s flight training program. PAC had submitted its bid with the MFI-395 Super Mushshak trainer.
PAC won the competition and in July, the Pakistan Ministry of Defence Production (MoDP) announced that it was in the final stages of forming a contract with Turkey. It must be noted that the TuAF screening trainer bid was for 52 aircraft, so Lt. Gen (retd) Qayyum’s statement indicates that the requirement has either grown, or other Turkish entities may also be procuring the Super Mushshak.