PAKISTAN HAS completed delivery of the final five Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Super Mushshak training aircraft. They were flown into NAF Base Kaduna on board an Ilyushin Il-76, which landed at 0745hrs on January 14. After unloading, the five dismantled aircraft, enveloped in plastic sheeting, were formally received by the Chief of Logistics at NAF Headquarters, Air Vice Marshal Bello Garba, on behalf of the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar. They were then re-assembled by a team of NAF and Pakistan Air Force technicians before being test flown prior to being formally inducted into service.
The NAF had signed a contract on October 21, 2016, for purchase of ten of the type to meet an urgent training requirement, after primary flying training had almost completely ceased the previous year. As previously reported on Warnsey’s World, due to the need to recommence training as soon as possible, four Super Mushshaks from the Pakistan Air Force inventory were temporarily loaned to the NAF pending delivery of new-production aircraft. These aircraft (serials (NAF260, 392, 394 and 395) began ab-initio training of NAF pilots with 401 Flying Training School at Kaduna in December 2016.
The first five of the new-build aircraft were delivered to Kaduna on July 14, 2017, following which they were formally inducted into service on August 8. This enabled the four loaned, stop-gap aircraft to be returned to Pakistan and they left Kaduna on an Il-76 on October 23, 2017.