The Royal Malaysian Air Force’s Sukhoi fleet has got a new lease of life, for the next 15 years, under RM2.2 billion worth full refurbishment package, according to a report by The New Straits Times.
The report cited a reliable source as saying that the two squadrons of 18 Sukhoi Su-30MKM, based at Gong Kedak in Terengganu, are being given a full refurbishment package which includes service life extension for the Flankers' airframe, avionics, weapons systems and overhaul of its engines, until 2035.
“Although it appears an expensive affair, in reality, this is a huge cost-saving as the local entity is able to manage the task at only 70 per cent of that cost (RM2.2 billion),” a defence industry senior ranking official was quoted as saying. “Additionally, the package allows for highly skilled Malaysian technicians and engineers to be employed, hence, providing job opportunities for locals”.
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, was quoted as saying in the report that the deal further enhanced the entrepreneurial skills and capability of Malaysians in handling such a large task in the field of aviation and aerospace.
Other than the Flankers, the RMAF’s other ageing aircraft include the BAE Systems Hawk 100/200 fighter jets, Boeing F/A-18D Hornets and a fleet of Lockheed C-130 Hercules, in service for over 20 years.
The Sikorsky S-61A-4 Nuri helicopters have, meanwhile, served the RMAF for over 40 years.
The Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) is set to receive its first locally overhauled Su-30MKI fighter jet- bearing registration number M52-11 belonging to the 11 squadron at a ceremony on the opening day of the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace (LIMA) 2019 event. The overhaul marks a major milestone for Aerospace Technology Systems Corp (ATSC) a Malaysian-Russian company formed especially for spares and servicing of Russian aircraft such as MiG-29 and Su-30MKI
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 Sukhoi-30MKM fighter jets will soon be armed with Russian missiles, Ria Novosti reported Tuesday. The missiles will be manufactured by Irkut Corporation
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