The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has taken delivery of five new Super Mushshak trainer aircraft from Pakistan, after receiving four Pakistan Air Force Super Mushshaks for temporary use.
The five aircraft were accepted on 14 July, with another five expected at a later stage. A statement by the NAF’s director of public relations and information, Air Commodore Olatokunbo Adesanya, said the first batch was received on arrival by the air officer commanding air training command, Air Vice Marshal Chris Okoye.
Photos showed the disassembled aircraft being delivered by what appears to be an Il-76 freighter. They will be inducted into service mainly with 301 Flying Training School in Kaduna after reassembly and test flights.
In March this year the NAF announced it had graduated its first Super Mushshak instructors, allowing Nigerian pilots to now fly and train ab initio students.
The Nigerian Air Force received its first four interim Super Mushshak trainer aircraft on 5 December 2016. Nigeria signed a contract for ten Super Mushshaks on 21 October with Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) Kamra, which agreed to loan eight aircraft to Nigeria as an interim measure until new aircraft are delivered, reports Flight Global.
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.