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Malaysia Buy New Jet Fighter

The Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) will likely pick the South Korean FA-50 Golden Eagle fighter jet over the Indian Tejas for its light combat aircraft program, Global Business Press revealed, citing sources.

The Malaysian competition is very interesting because all light fighter models currently available on the market are involved.The contestants are six; the Chinese CATIC with its JF-17 B, KAI with the FA-50 Block 20, Leonardo, with its M-346 Master (but would have withdrawn from the competition), Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) with the Tejas, the Turkish TAI that offered its Hürjet (whose first prototype has not yet flown) and Rosoboronexport from Russia, with a mix of MiG-35 multirole fighters and advanced trainers the YAK 130.The shortlistedThe selection criteria established by TUDM include delivery of the aircraft on a staggered 36-month delivery schedule after contract signature. The LCA must be able to perform in-flight refueling, possess beyond visual range air-to-air combat capabilities, must be supersonic and must incorporate 30% locally manufactured parts.

The RMAF initially intended to procure 18 new fighter jets to replace aging Mig-29 combat aircraft and supplement its fleet of twin-engine F/A-18D and Su-30MKM fighter jets. However, the acquisition program was shelved due to budgetary constraints in 2017.

Hindustan Aeronautics chairman and managing director R Madhavan has said India's LCA Tejas has emerged as the top choice for Malaysia as the Southeast Asian country looks at replacing its ageing fleet of fighter jets, news agency PTI reported.

Madhavan said as part of the package, India has also offered to set up a Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul facility in Malaysia for its Russian-origin Su-30 fighter fleet as the country is facing difficulties in procuring spares for the aircraft in view of western sanctions against Russia.

"Compared to American-made fighter jets, KAI's FA-50s are more cost-effective and thus allow governments more financial leeway," Professor Kim Jong-dae at Yonsei University in Seoul told UPI News Korea.RELATED Ukrainian forces repel Russian offensive near Donetsk as Russian shelling continues

Myanmar ordered six Su-30SME multirole fighters from Russia in 2018, though these aircraft have yet to be delivered. The Su-30SME and Su-57 are meant for somewhat different roles, but there is enough overlap in capabilities between the two that Myanmar would not be entirely unjustified in jettisoning its Su-30SME contract in favor of a Su-57 import bid. As noted by Charlie Gao, a Su-57 procurement would place the Myanmar Air Force on a better footing to compete with its Thai counterpart.

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.

Ananthakrishnan says there is also interest from Argentina and Egypt for the light fighter, with pilots from Argentina already having test flown the aircraft in Bengaluru. With regards to Egypt, the requirement is still in its early stages, but HAL has offered local manufacture of the type.

Two missing fighter jet engines worth $29 million, stolen from a Malaysian military airbase, have been found in Uruguay and authorities there have been asked to help in bringing them back to the country.

As part of the package, India has offered to set up an MRO (Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul) facility in Malaysia for its Russian-origin Su-30 fighter fleet as it is facing difficulties in procuring spares for the aircraft from Russia in view of Western sanctions against Moscow.

The Government of Canada has reached another milestone in the competitive process to purchase 88 advanced fighter jets for the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF), which will ensure the requirements of the RCAF are met while also providing value for Canadians, generating high-value jobs in Canada as well as further growth for the Canadian aerospace and defence sector for decades to come.

Following a rigorous evaluation of proposals, the Government of Canada today announced it will now enter into the finalization phase of the procurement process with the top-ranked bidder, the United States (US) government and Lockheed Martin, for the F-35 fighter jet. This procurement represents the most significant investment in the RCAF in more than 30 years. It is essential for protecting the safety and security of Canadians, it will enhance our Arctic sovereignty, it will ensure we are equipped to better defend North America and it will help make sure we continue to meet our NATO and NORAD obligations well into the future.

The Joint Strike Fighter Program is the largest fighter aircraft program internationally, and Canada is 1 of 8 original countries in the program, along with the US, the United Kingdom (UK), Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Denmark and Australia.

The stealth fighter-jet, manufactured by U.S. defense aviation giant Lockheed Martin, has been in the news for the wrong reasons after an F-35C crashed on the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier in the South China Sea in late January. The U.S. military is in the process of retrieving the plane, which fell to the bottom of the ocean.

Besides the F-16s and F-5s, the Thai Royal Air Force currently operates 11 Swedish JAS-39 Gripen fighters and aviation experts say Thailand could buy more of those, or the French Rafale, like Indonesia.

On January 9, 2023, following the completion of the finalization phase, the Government of Canada announced that negotiations had successfully been concluded, and that it had reached an agreement with the US government and Lockheed Martin with Pratt & Whitney for 88 F-35 advanced fighter jets, associated equipment and weapons, set-up training and sustainment services.

Until the future fleet is in place and fully operational, the Government of Canada is investing to continue to deliver on its missions and meet international obligations until 2032 by having purchased 18 F/A-18 fighter aircraft, associated spare parts and equipment from the Government of Australia. Under the same agreement, the Government of Canada also acquired 2 additional non-flyable fighter aircraft to be used for spare parts.

Upon their transfer to Canada, necessary aircraft inspections, maintenance and modifications are required to ensure the fighters meet all requirements of the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF). As of October 2022, 11 of the acquired aircraft had entered into active service with the RCAF. Modification work continues on the remaining 6 aircraft with completion scheduled before the end of 2023.

The Government of Canada is also investing through the Hornet Extension Project to help ensure that the CF-18 fleet is able to meet operational commitments, including to the North American Aerospace Defence Command (NORAD) and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), until 2032, when the permanent fleet is expected to be fully operational. The Hornet Extension Project was approved in 2 phases that are being implemented in parallel. Phase 1 is delivering enhancements for up to 94 CF-18 aircraft, mainly focused on addressing evolving civilian air traffic management regulations and meeting allied military interoperability requirements. Phase 2 is focused on additional combat capability upgrades for 36 CF-18 aircraft, to ensure that sufficient, operationally relevant, mission-ready CF-18 fighters are available to meet air power capability requirements in the current battle space until the future fighter fleet reaches full operational capability.

SINGAPORE: The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) will continue flying its F-16C/D fighter jets for "at least another decade", Chief of Air Force Major-General (MG) Kelvin Khong said on Monday (Feb 14), adding that the RSAF has been following the developments of F-35 stealth fighter jets "closely".

Singapore announced in 2019 that it will buy four F-35B fighter jets for complete testing with the option for eight more. The plan is for the F-35s to replace the RSAF's ageing F-16s, which face obsolescence globally beyond 2030.

MINDEF said last June that the Ebbing Air National Guard Base in Fort Smith, Arkansas has been selected as the preferred location for RSAF's F-35B fighter training detachment. RSAF's F-16 fighter training detachment at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona would also be relocated to the Ebbing base.

On the RSAF's other fighter jet the F-15SG, MG Khong said the force will continue to review its capabilities and evaluate the need for an upgrade to ensure the jet's operational relevance and effectiveness. 59ce067264


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