The Proficient Super Mushak!
Good Going PAC!
Here’s is the most awesome bird of PAF; Named MFI-17 Mushak. It’s a single engine and exclusively metal plane with touchdown gear fixed up by tricycle. A sturdy, mid-weight and two seated aircraft is the most useful aircraft in Air force. It was made in order to meet US FAR23 Certifications in terms of ordinary level software utilities and aerobatics. It could be operated through BUNP strip without any need of ground equipment. Super Mushak is the advancement in this bird in concerns of avionics.
In concern of training role and Army Co-operation missions Mushak is leading the peak. In order to meet the requirement of a contemporary number one training syllabus and as a perfect fundamental instructor. Aircraft is right for Night, Navigation, and Formation & Instrument Flying. P.S for Basic flight training, Aerobatics, stalls and deliberates spins.
Moreover, when we switch to review its performance as a trainee jet, it’ll make us stunned. Mushak Never exceeds speed. Its maximum speed is 238 Km/h i.e. 128 knots, Cruise speed is 210 Km/h i.e. 130 knots, Stall speed touching the ideal figure of 100 Km/h i.e. 54 knots (Flaps down & Power off capability). Its Service Ceiling & Rate of a climb is 4,800m and 5.2 m/s, respectively. While Endurance is 5 Hour & 10 Minutes.
Armaments; like Engine is “Textron Lycoming IO-540 V4A5”, its power is equal to 260 HP (at 2700 RPM at ISA conditions) & Cylinders are six. There are three & two blades “Propeller” is in machinery. TBO (Time between overhauled) Engine & Propeller is about 2K Hrs. The cockpit is also most durable for the commanding of Co-Pilot/Pilot & Observer with Instructor. P.S Missiles and gun pods of the Pakistan aeronautical complex’s aircraft; the mfi-395 is fitted with six hard points under the wing pylons. The inner confused hard points can deliver as much as 150kg each. The remaining 4 carry rockets, gun pods and BOFOR Bantam anti-tank missiles.
Currently, Pakistan Army & Air Force, Iran, RSAF, Syria, Oman, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, & South Africa is using Mushak & Super Mushak. In ratios, Iran (IRIAF) has 25, Iraq (RIAF) has 20, Oman (RAFO) has 8, Pakistan (PAF) & (Pak Army) has total 149, Syria (SAF) has 6, KSA (RSAF) has 20, South Africa (Uni Group Holdings (Pvt) Ltd) has 5 operators of Mushak in service right now. Qatar is considering signing an agreement on purchasing a fleet of Super Mushak. The burning demand is going up skywards. It’s been an official reporting now that Qatar signed a deal in Doha for the purchase of Ten PAC Super Mushak trainers. For Pakistan, it’s a great start for military partnership with GCC states like Qatar (the Saudis are already having these in operation for quite some time).
In recent customer orders for the MFI-395 included: PAF (50), RSAF (20) and Royal Air Force of Oman (5). Some Included Turkey in the list as well as per the news a few days back as owing to the report that Turkey also ordered 3 orders of Super Mushak this year and interested again. In concern of prices, Super Mushshak’s exact price is unknown. Mushshak Light 5 is Pakistani Rupees 6 million i.e. 60 Lacs PKRs. One thing is important to mention here, the price of PKRs 6 million is a version of Mushshak which is called “Mushshak Light 5”. This (Mushshak Light 5) aircraft is neither for military use nor for aerobatics because it’s Non-Aerobatic aircraft. The Super Mushshak which has vast capabilities, when compared to Mushshak Light 5, it is a much costlier aircraft than it.
Super Mushak isn’t an upgraded licensed version of the Swedish Saab MFI-17 manufactured by PAC. As the sole rights for the original plane were purchased by PAF. So, the plane and its associated proprietary are owned by the PAF. Since then it has been upgraded several times; better engine, fuel capacity, avionics, communication equipment, and upgraded acrobatics classification due to fuselage improvement and plus point more features. This thing is the block II or III of the original one, its airframe is lengthened & its design is also improved. Its cockpit, avionics, design, seating arrangement, Payload etc. were all improved. Hence, it became Super Mushak and this is its 2nd confirmed sale this year. This defence cooperation agreement will open wide glittering ways for Pakistan in Aviation market.
Good Going Pakistan Aeronautical Complex!