Malaysia has kicked off its light fighter jet procurement by issuing request for information (RFI) to five manufacturers including Russian Yak-130, Indian Tejas, Pakistani-Chinese JF-17, Italian Aermacchi MB-339 and South Korean T-50.
Confirming the receipt of the RFI, Rosoboronexport’s Sergey Gorbenko told journalists today that the Malaysian air force had sought information to procure 18 fighter jets with an option for 18 more. “We are ready to licence-manufacture the jet if the customer (Malaysia) so wishes it,” Gorbenko said at the ongoing Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace (LIMA) show.
He said the Yak-130 was in service with the Russian Air Force and had been sold to Myanmar in Asia. Asked about a possible conflict of interest in competing with India which is Russia’s biggest arms buyer, Gorbenko said “we welcome competition and wish our Indian colleagues all the best.”
The Yak-130 and the Indian Tejas are the only two aircraft which are participating in the flying displays at LIMA.
The Malaysian government has moved ahead with its light fighter procurement plans ahead of a multi-role combat aircraft procurement plan which had begun in 2011. The contenders for that procurement are Dassault Rafale, Eurofighter Typhoon, Boeing and Super Hornet.
There is no word when that procurement would kick off. If anything, it might get delayed or put off altogether as Malaysia has embarked on program to refurbish its 18 Su-30MKM aircraft and may take up the refurbishment of its MiG-29 jets later.
The Malaysian Prime Minister, Dr Mahathir Mohammed said yesterday, “if funds permit, we would like to buy 100s of aircraft but that is not the case and we have to make the most of our limited resources.”
India's Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas made a spectacular debut on the first day of the Langkawi International Maritime and Aviation (LIMA) airshow in Malaysia. The aircraft, piloted by Group Capt
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
Russian Yak-130 combat trainer will be pitted against the Indian LCA Tejas fighter jet for the Malaysian fighter replacement program as both have been invited to display their skills at the upcoming Langkawi International Exhibition (LIMA-2019) later this month. This is perhaps the first time when Indias ‘all weather friend, in defence procurement, Russia will be competing with New Delhi for an international sales opportunity
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,
Malaysia is considering Russias offer of trading-in old, “problematic” Su-30MKM and MiG-29 jets for new Su-35, MiG-35 or Su-57 fighters under its fighter jet procurement program. “Even though we are not looking at purchasing new fighter jets, the Defence Ministry is still studying the offer from the Russian government,” Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu told the parliament
The Indian Ministry of Defense is negotiating with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) to place an order for 83 Tejas fighter jets for an estimated price to be around $3 billion (INR 22,000 crore), down from HAL-quoted price of $5 billion (INR 37,350 crore). "HAL quoted INR 450 crore per aircraft as the basic price
Ministry of Defense (MoD) of India is evaluating whether it should continue to invest in the development programme of aircraft carrier-based version of the countrys Light Combat Aircraft (LCA), the Tejas. The MoD is seeking a six-month time period to arrive at the decision, according to a report published by
Malaysia will receive six ScanEagle 2 Unmanned Air Systems (UAS) later this year while Indonesia will receive an equal number in 2022 under the United States funded Maritime Security Initiative (MSI). US Assistant Secretary of Defense for Indo-Pacific Security Affairs Randall Schriver said during a media round-table in Kuala Lumpur last week that the Philippines had received six ScanEagle 2 UAS in 2018 as part of the MSI policy
Russian firm Almaz Antey has developed a drone capable of flying and shooting simultaneously. The drone is equipped with fully functioning Kalashnikov AK-47 housed inside a set of wings, with the gun's barrel jutting menacingly from the front, according to
The United States is looking to purchase Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) to replace 350 or half of Boeing AH-64 Apache gunships. The new copters were to replace only the now-retired fleet of 300 Bell OH-58D Kiowa Warrior copters previously
Germany to Modernize Army’s NH90 Flight Simulators
BAE Systems’ Solar-Powered Maritime Surveillance Drone Makes First Flight
DARPA to Begin Work on “Gunslinger” Missile & Gun System in 2021
India finalises $5.46B deal for 83 Tejas Jets
Indonesia Seeks Rafale Jets, Submarines, Warships in Defence Cooperation Deal with France
Sea Ceptor Supersonic Missile Defence System Offered to Indian Navy
GA-ASI Demos Multi-Domain Operations Using Gray Eagle ER Drone
Mobile Phone Led Israelis to Destory Pantsir-S Air Defence Battery in Syria
Several joint production and direct procurement programs could be halted if the US and Europe carry through with their threat...
Sanctions-hit Iran has found ingenious ways to develop military hardware
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is rapidly permeating the defence industry to aid and improve human decision-making
Upgrade of Russias Sukhoi Su-30SM fighters to equip them with armaments, radar, sensors and engines from the more powerful Su-35...
US companies sanctioned by China for supplying weapons to Taiwan may be denied rare earth elements (REEs), which have critical...
While the US F-35 stealth aircraft has become one the fastest selling fighter jets in the world aircraft market, thanks...