Malaysia is seeking lightweight multi-role fighter options to complement its fleet of twin-engine medium and heavyweight fighters, an air force official said.
“The Royal Malaysian Air Force [RMAF] is looking at its capabilities for the next 15-years-or-so, and how best we can suit our requirements,” the official was quoted as saying by IHS Jane's, adding that the new Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) procurement programme is looking to have some air-to-air and a full air-to-ground capability.
Although the Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) FA-50 Golden Eagle, which has been inducted in Thailand and Indonesia, could be a plausibly strong option, Malaysia might look at more options, according to the report.
KAI has enjoyed strong success with the type in Southeast Asia, selling the aircraft to the Philippines, Thailand, and Indonesia.
The RMAF currently operates fleets of single-seat BAE Systems Hawk and twin-engined Boeing F/A-18D Hornet and Sukhoi Su-30 ‘Flanker’ fighters.
As well as being an air defender and ground-attack aircraft, the LCA should also serve as a lead-in fighter trainer (LIFT) platform and should be ready for fielding in about 2021-2022, the official noted.
Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines have launched a Trilateral Air Patrol at the Subang Air Base in Malaysia on Wednesday. The TAP is a follow-up of the Trialteral Cooperative Arrangement between the three countries
Malaysian Air Forces 20-year-old F/A-18D Hornet fighter jet fleet has recently undergone a comprehensive upgrade that includes AIM-9X Sidewinder missiles, Joint Direct Attack Munitions besides targetng and cueing systems . The programme was carried out in phases to enhance the Hornets combat effectiveness in its primary tasking in the air-to-air and air-to-ground roles,
Malaysia has dropped plans to buy new multi-role combat aircraft (MRCA) to replace its aging MiG-29 fighters and will look at upgrading its aerial surveillance capabilities to counter militancy threats. Malaysia has shelved those plans for now as it looks to boost aerial surveillance that will be critical in its fight against militancy; Reuters reported quoting defense ministry sources as saying Friday
The Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) will set up a technical team to evaluate several types of maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) following government approval of the purchase of the surveillance aircraft as announced in the 2018 Budget recently. The technical team will analyse several aspects of the contender's aircraft and choose the best option which fits the RMAF requirements, RMAF Chief, Gen Tan Sri Affendi Buang was quoted as saying by
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