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Qatar to add Pakistani planes to its Emiri air force

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Super Mushshak aircraft
Super Mushshak aircraft

Qatar has finalized plans to buy an undisclosed number of Super Mushshak aircraft from Pakistan, the country’s news agency has announced.

The propellor planes are primarily used to train pilots as they practice flying in formation.

They also help teach them how to recover from stalls and spins and operate aircraft solely by reading its equipment, according to manufacturer Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC).

The plane is already used by other GCC states, including Saudi Arabia and Oman.

Agreement signed
Agreement signed

The agreement to buy the planes for an unnamed sum was signed yesterday by PAC chairman Air Vice Marshal Arshad Malik and Qatar Air Academy Commander Gen. Salem Hamid Al Nabet.

Malik also met yesterday with Qatar’s Minister of State for Defense Affairs, Dr. Khalid bin Mohammed Al Attiyah, according to QNA.

Beefing up air force

Qatar had expressed interest in the aircraft in February, after the Emir attended an air demonstration by the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) at the old Doha airport.

The purchase of the training aircraft comes as Qatar prepares to update and dramatically increase the size of its air force.

The country currently has a fleet of 12 French-made Mirage 2000 planes, which analysts said were manufactured in the late 1990s and have been modified several times since.

But recently, Qatar agreed to buy 24 new Rafale fighter jets for QR27.75 billion from French aerospace firm Dassault.

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