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November 1, 2016: Turkey has ordered 100 MFI-395 Super Mushshak training aircraft from Pakistan. This is part of a growing effort by Moslem nations to build their own arms manufacturing capabilities. This is helped by Moslem nations willing to help by showing preference for Moslem suppliers as long as there is not too much lost in terms of lower performance and higher prices.

The Super Mushshak is one system that meets these standards. This aircraft is an updated version of the Swedish (Saab) MFI-17, which Pakistan has been building, under license, since 1981 as the Mushshak. The Super Mushshak began production in 1996. Since 1981 Pakistan has built nearly 300 Mushshak and Super Mushshak trainers. In the past Pakistan has exported both Mushshak models to other Middle Eastern air forces, but most of them were used by Pakistan itself. Earlier in 2016 Nigeria also ordered ten of these aircraft even though it is not a Moslem majority nation.

Super Mushshak is a 1.2 ton single engine, three seat aircraft. Max speed is 268 kilometers an hour while cruising speed is 240 kilometers. Typical endurance is about four hours. With one pilot the Super Mushshak can carry up to 300 kg (660 pounds) of rockets or machine-guns under the wings.

Super Mushshak pricing is flexible to account for local customs and fees.

 


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