The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has graduated its first Super Mushshak instructors, allowing Nigerian pilots to now fly and train ab initio students. Nigeria has received four of ten Super Mushshaks from Pakistan.
The NAF announced the graduation on 3 March. “The successful conversion of these pilots will enhance pilot training which will in turn impact positively on operational effectiveness of the NAF especially in its fight against insurgency and other criminalities within the country. Furthermore, it will boost the training of young pilots as 30 officers have already been selected to commence training with the newly trained Instructor Pilots,” the NAF said.
The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar who presented certificates to the graduating Instructor Pilots stated that training has remained a major means of transformation over the ages. According to him, the importance of training informed the choice of ‘human capacity development through robust and result oriented training for enhanced professional performance’ as the first key driver to the attainment of his vision for the Nigerian Air Force.
The Nigerian Air Force received its first four Super Mushshak trainer aircraft from Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) on 5 December last year. Nigeria signed a contract for ten Super Mushshaks on 21 October with PAC Kamra, which is loaning eight aircraft to Nigeria as an interim measure until new aircraft are delivered, reports Flight Global.
Another four Super Mushshaks will be delivered by the second quarter of 2017 but these will be replaced by new examples in the middle of the year which will have improvements like a glass cockpit and improved air conditioning.
The Nigerian Air Force’s 301 Flight Training School at Kaduna has been expanded to accept the Super Mushshak – it has been flying the Dana Air Beetle (based on a Vans RV-series design) since 1995.