The Pakistan Air Force (PAF) is looking to grow its existing training partnership with the Iraqi Air Force. 

During his visit to Iraq this May, Air Chief Marshal Zaheer Ahmed Baber Sidhu, Chief of the Air Staff, PAF, met with a high level delegation headed by Lieutenant General (Special Forces) Ahmed Dawood Salman, General Secretary of MoD, Iraq and Lieutenant General (Pilot) Shehab Jahid Ali, Commander of Iraqi Air Force. 

During the meeting the PAF chief offered the Iraqi Air Force comprehensive training programs ranging from foundational to tactical levels for its pilots. 

According to a PAF release, “plans were also discussed for training Iraqi aircrew at the prestigious Flying Instructors School, enabling them to become Qualified Flying Instructors and training of Iraqi officers at College of Air Defence.”

The PAF chief also noted the recent delivery of 12 Super Mushshak trainer aircraft to the Iraqi Air Force, with approvals in place for the forthcoming delivery of 12 additional aircraft.

The Super Mushshak basic trainer is built by the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) and has been exported to 10 nations worldwide. 

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