Malaysia has embarked on its light-weight fighter jet procurance by issue request for data (RFI) to 5 makers together with 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 nowadays that the Malaysian air force had wanted data to obtain eighteen fighter jets with the associated possibility for eighteen a lot of. “We area unit able to license-manufacture the jet if the client (Malaysia) therefore desires it,” Gorbenko same at the continuing Langkawi International Maritime and part (LIMA) show.
He same the Yak-130 was in commission with the Russian Air Force and had been sold to the Asian nation in Asia. Asked a few attainable conflicts of interest in competition with India that is Russia’s biggest arms emptor, Gorbenko same “we welcome competition and need our Indian colleagues all the most effective.”
The Yak-130 and therefore the Indian Tejas area unit the sole 2 craft that area unit collaborating within the flying displays at the national capital.
The Malaysian government has moved ahead with its light-weight fighter procurance arranges previous a multi-role combat craft procurance plan that had begun in 2011. The contenders for that procurance area unit Dassault Rafale, Eurofighter hurricane, Boeing and Super vespid wasp.
There is no word once that procurance would start. If something, it’d get delayed or shelve altogether as Asian country has initiated a program to renovate its eighteen Su-30MKM craft and will take up the restoration of its MiG-29 jets later.