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Monday, July 17, 2017

Nigeria Receives Super Mushshak Trainers

The Nigerian Air Force confirmed on July 14, 2017 that it had taken delivery of its first batch of Super Mushshak trainers.

The Air Force said in a statement,
"The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) today took delivery of the first batch of 5 out of 10 Super Mushshak aircraft being expected from Pakistan. The first batch of the trainer aircraft, which is for the primary flying training of NAF pilots at 401 Flying Training School, Kaduna, was received on arrival by the Air Officer Commanding Air Training Command, Air Vice Marshal Chris Okoye."
Nigeria had previously received four as a temporary measure for its pilots to begin training as quick as possible.

The statement noted,
"It would be recalled that the NAF inducted the Super Mushshak aircraft into the NAF inventory on 5 December 2016. This followed the kind gesture of the Pakistan Government to temporarily make 4 Super Mushshak aircraft of the Pakistan Air Force available to the NAF, at no cost, to immediately commence the training of NAF pilots. Since then, the in-house training of NAF pilots had resumed in earnest. With the arrival of the first batch of the NAF's trainer aircraft, the local training of NAF student pilots will receive a boost at a much reduced cost. The new aircraft will soon be inducted into service after assembly and successful test flights."
Included in the press release were several images showing the Super Mushshak trainers being unloaded in Nigeria.

Nigeria placed an order for 10 Super Mushshaks, and also has allocated funds for at least three JF-17 fighter jets, also produced by Pakistan.

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