In 1981, the nation of Pakistan took delivery - and local production - of the MFI-17 "Mushshak" ("Proficient") for the basic training and light attack roles. These were manufactured under the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) brand label and represented a localized version of the Swedish "Safari" twin-seat trainer. Additional work to the product by the Swedes eventually spawned an improved and upgraded form in the Saab "Supporter" which has gone on to become the "Super Mushshak" in Paskitani Air Force service.
The Super Mushshak continues in the same designated roles as the former design and over sixty have been produced to date (2016) - forty are committed to Pakistan and twenty were sent to Saudi Arabia. The rebuilding air force of Iraq has also ordered twenty, these stemming from a February 2014 commitment. A first-flight by a prototype Super Mushshak was had in 1995 with service introduction coming the following year. Production has been ongoing since 1995.
The Super Mushshak seats its crew of two in a side-by-side arrangement aft of the engine installation in the nose (a third crewman can be carried as an observer / passenger further aft). The aircraft sports a braced high-wing monoplane planform for excellent lifting and control properties. Its empennage is made up of a T-style plane arrangement. A tricycle undercarriage is fitted. The engine is a Textron Lycoming IO-540 V4A5 6-cylinder unit outputting 260 horsepower while driving a two-bladed propeller. Maximum speed is 270 kmh with a range out to 815 kilometers, a service ceiling up to 6,700 meters, and a rate-of-climb equal to 1,220 feet-per-minute.
For the light strike / attack role, the wings of the Super Mushshak can be fitted with pylons to mount external ordnance options such as gun pods, rocket pods, and conventional drop stores (up to 300 kilograms).
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