Govt to look into compatibility of new fighter jets, says minister
Minister of Defence, Mohamad Sabu, speaks at a press conference at Parliament on April 11, 2019
Picture by Miera Zulyana
KLANG, Sept 8 — The proposal to replace the SU Russian fighter jets of the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) with the new version fighter jets depended on the financial position of the country.
Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu said the proposal is still at study stage, in fact the government will also look at its compatibility to replace the fighter jets.
“The defence assets of the country are already outdated and have to be replaced. Nonetheless, we will check its compatibility (to replace the existing fighter jets with the new version).
“This (move to purchase new fighter jets) depended on the financial situation of the country and negotiations (between Malaysia and Russia on the purchase),” he said at a media conference after flagging off 12,000 participants of the ‘Run For Peace 2019’ organised by Soka Gakkai Malaysia here today.
On Thursday, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad was reported as saying that Malaysia was very cautious in spending too much to replace the two types of Russian-made jet fighters with its new version.
he would probably adore these, wakakaka
Banzai (Wan Sui - Dirgahayu)
Unlike Mahathir, Mat Sabu is what we may call a 'nice bloke' - that's right, it therefore means Mahathir is NOT a nice bloke, wakakaka.
But nice or not, Mat Sabu obviously has two left feet when it comes to defence matters especially on technical stuff as a new fighter replacement for the TUDM. He said that he will check the proposed fighter's compatibility to replace the existing fighter jets.
Compatibility? What compatibility was he talking about?
No money, that's OK, but compatibility?
Mat Sabu was tokking kok. We have been operating MIG 29 and SU30MKM for aeons, so we know quite a bit on fighter aircraft especially Russian planes. There are more than one replacement options from the Russian stable (assuming we have the money) - eg. MIG-35, SU-35, SU-37, SU-57 etc.
Poor clueless Mat said “This (move to purchase new fighter jets) depended on the financial situation of the country and negotiations (between Malaysia and Russia on the purchase)” and that's OK. No one would question nor challenge that statement of his.
But compatibility? Sheesh!
at last YES