ABUJA: Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has signed a deal with Pakistan Air Force (PAF) to buy 10 Super Mushshak aircraft, PAF announced here on Friday.
“The contract signing ceremony was held at Abuja (Nigeria) where Air Vice Marshal Iya Ahmed Abdullahi and Air Marshal Arshad Malik, Chairman of the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC), signed the contract,” PAF spokesman Air Commodore Syed Mohammad Ali said.
The contract also includes operational training and technical support and assistance to the Nigerian Air Force (NAF). PAF said it will establish this facility in the shortest possible time.
“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,” the statement said. “The deal further strengthens PAC’s status as a world-class aviation industry producing the supersonic JF-17 Thunder and Super Mushshak trainer aircraft,” it added.
The Super Mushshak, which is based off a Swedish design but built under license in Pakistan, is already in service with Saudi Arabia, Oman, Iran and South Africa.
‘Talks are also at an advanced stage with Qatar and Turkey for the delivery of Super Mushshak, a senior PAF official said, adding that the aircraft is a ‘major success story’ of Pakistan and reflects the country’s potential to become one of the main exporters of such high-tech military equipment.