The Russian government has denied claims that Malaysian Sukhoi fighter jets are difficult to maintain, stating that Kuala Lumpur should follow proper maintenance schedule so that the planes are kept “in the right condition to serve their goals”.
“In India, for example, almost 300 of Su-30 and MiG-29 multipurpose fighter jets constitute the mainstay of the country’s air force capabilities,” the Russian embassy in KL was quoted as saying by Free Malaysia Today, in response to a report by FMT that Russian-made jets were expensive to maintain due to bureaucracy and lack of transparency on the Russian side.
According to the report, a high-ranking Malaysian official said the Russian way of doing business was not as “open or transparent” as that of other Western nations, adding that there were details not revealed to Malaysia when the jets were sold.
However, Russia dismissed the claims stating that the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) itself had cited a lack of government funding as the reason for the problems faced by Malaysia’s fleet of Sukhoi jets.
It said the failure to adequately fund the maintenance of the fleet could have been avoided “if there was interest in keeping the Sukhoi fighter jets in service”.
“Both Russian and foreign military experts many times before admitted that Russia’s military aircraft are one of the cheapest in the world in terms of price and maintenance, and at the same time provide excellent performance in fulfilling operational missions,” it added.
The RMAF purchased the jet fighters in 2003 as part of a US$900 million (S$1.23 billion) contract. At the time, the Malaysian government was also offered by Boeing to purchase its F/A-18E/F Super Hornets. The offer was declined and 18 Su-30MKM jets were purchased instead.
The low maintenance rate of Malaysian air force Russian fighter jets were partly due to insufficient operating funds, the air force has said. The Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) was responding to a statement made by Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu in Parliament on Tuesday (July 31) that only four of the 18 Sukhoi Su-30 fighter jets bought by the previous administration in 2007 could fly, with the rest sent in for repairs,
Russia is developing a modernized version of its super-manoeuvrable Sukhoi Su-30SM fighter jet with upgraded avionics and is capable of using latest high-precision ammunitions. Designated as Su-30SM1, Russian-language newspaper
Malaysian Air Force has modified Russian-made Sukhoi-30 fighter jet in order to equip it with US GBU-12 laser-guided bombs. The Royal Malaysian Air Force put out a video showing their Su-30MKM fighters specifically designed for Malaysia, dropping 500-pound GBU-12s made by Lockheed Martin and Raytheon,
The Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) will make up the loss of fighter power following the decommissioning of the MiG-29 fighters by improving the serviceability levels of its Su-30MKM fleet. The MiG-29s are expected to be retired later this year and a competition is on to replace them
Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) investigators have reopened a 16 year old corruption probe involving former Prime Minister Najib Razak in the purchase of two Scorpene-class submarines. The former Prime Minister has been summoned to give a statement on the Scorpene-class submarine deal on Monday and the investigators are looking at whether there has been any kickbacks in the procurement of two submarines by Malaysia from French DCN international (DCNI, now renamed as Naval Group) in 2002, according to a local daily, The Star citing MACC sources as saying
Russia has offered airplanes to Malaysia during a bilateral meeting between Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Russian President Vladimir Putin Tuesday. “He (Putin) raised a possibility of selling their airplanes to us
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