Malaysian government is expected to start the procurement procedure to buy Light Weight multi role Combat Air crafts for the royal Malaysian Air force (RAMF). It’s expected that the process will start in the first quarter of the year 2020.
Sources have said that Royal Malaysian Air Force need 36 Light weight multi role air crafts with option of 26 more been cleared by the service. Royal Malaysian Air Force currently have variety of Aircraft in its arsenal including Russian made Mig-29 & Sukhoi Su-30, British made BAE System Hawk (trainer), Italian Aermachi MB-339 and American F/A-18 Hornet.
The 36 Light Weight multi role Combat Air crafts which are to be procured will replace Russian made Mig-29, British made BAE System Hawk (traineer), Italian Aermachi MB-339 and will augment the Russian made Sukhoi Su-30 and American F/A-18 Hornet.
Sources have said that the Light weight multi role Air craft should be capable of striking both Air to Air and Air to Ground targets. It should be able to be upgraded to carry out marine strikes. It should carry out counter insurgency operations and should be economical.
Considering all the conditions eight platforms of different companies are under consideration.
- ACA L-15 A/B (Chinese)
- CAC/PAC JF-17 THUNDER (Chinese, Pakistani)
- HINDUSTAN AERONOTICS LIMITED TEJA (Indian)
- KORIEN AEROSPACE INDUSTRIES FA-50 (Korean)
- Leonardo M-346 (Italian)
- Aero vodochody L-39NG (Czechoslovakia)
- Yakovlev Yak-130 ( Russian)
- Saab JAS 39 Gripen (sweedish)
All the aircraft have performed in the air shows and have been viewed by the royal Malaysian Air force. Malaysian Prime Minister during his visit to Pakistan in March personally witnessed the performance of CAC/PAC build JF17 Thunder during the air show at Pakistan day Parade in Islamabad. Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahatir Muhammad before his departure from Pakistan at Noor khan airport chaklala was briefed about the aircraft and he personally viewed the cockpit of the air craft.
Hindustan Aeronautics Limited’s Teja has also performed well in the Malaysian air show. So air crafts of these two neighbors are in a race with six other contenders.
It’s expected that the procurement will start in the first quarter of the year 2020.