Islamabad: Qatar has signed a deal with Pakistan to purchase pilot trainer Super Mushshak Aircraft from Pakistan, An agreement was signed between the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) and the Qatar Emiri Air Force for export of Super Mushshak aircraft to Qatar on Thursday in Doha capital of Qatar. PAC Chairman Air vice Marshall Arshad Malik and Qatar Air Academy Commander General Salem Hamid Al Nabet signed the contract at Doha.
There were no immediate reports about the exact number of the single-piston engine aircraft that Qatar has purchased from Pakistan.
A PAF contingent comprising Super Mushshak aircraft with its air and ground crew participated in the Qatar Air Show February this year. Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Prime Minister Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani and the military high command of Qatar had shown keen interest in the aircraft during the visit of Exhibition.
The Super Mushshak aircrafts are primarily used to train pilots as they practice flying in formation. They also help teach them how to recover from stalls and spins and operate aircraft solely by reading its equipment, according to manufacturer Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC).
The plane is already used by Royal Saudi Air Force, Royal Air Force of Oman, Iraqi Air Force, Iran Air Force, South African Air Force, Syrian Air Force; Nigerian Air Force will also buy 10 MFI-17 Super Mushshak aircrafts form Pakistan.
The purchase of the training aircraft comes as Qatar prepares to update and dramatically increase the size of its air force. The country currently has a fleet of 12 French-made Mirage 2000 planes, which analysts said were manufactured in the late 1990s and have been modified several times since. But recently, Qatar agreed to buy 24 new Rafale fighter jets for QR27.75 billion from French aerospace firm Dassault.
According to the defense annalists the contract will not only open new avenues for export of aviation equipment to foreign countries but it will also help in generating revenue for the country. The deal will strengthen PAC’s status as a world class aviation industry producing the supersonic JF-17 Thunder and Super Mushshak trainer aircraft.