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SENEGAL AIR FORCE CHIEF KEEN ON ENHANCING TIES WITH THE PAKISTAN AIR FORCE

The PAF and PAC will likely be interested in marketing the JF-17 multi-role fighter, which is co-produced by PAC and the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), to Senegal. With its recent order of three JF-17s to Nigeria, PAC entered the African defence market, and AVIC/PAC may sense an opportunity to expand. Besides follow-on orders from Nigeria, sales in Sudan, Namibia, Angola, Kenya and Senegal may be on the marketing roadmap.

Senegal has three Embraer EMB-314 Super Tucano, a turboprop-powered light combat aircraft, on order for its fixed-wing air combat fleet. In the short-term, the Super Tucano will form the entirety of the SAF’s fighter force. While an attractive counterinsurgency (COIN) and light attack platform, the EMB-314 will not assume the role of a full-fledged multi-role fighter; but it is not known if Senegal is interested in a fast jet solution akin to the JF-17 (or another platform).

PAC could also be marketing the MFI-395 Super Mushshak basic training and screener aircraft, which has seen success in 2016 thanks to sales in Qatar, Nigeria and Turkey. Paired with PAF training support – in Senegal and in Pakistan – the Super Mushshak may have a reasonable chance of a sale in Senegal.

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