Malaysia to Buy Russian SU-30 MK Fighters
Malaysia is likely to buy advanced Russian-made jet fighters to boost its air
defense, making it only the fourth Asian country to have such aircraft, a news
report said on Monday.
The Utusan Malaysia daily quoted unidentified defense sources as saying that the
government was in final stages of closing the deal for the purchase of
The report did not say how many aircraft Malaysia planned to buy nor pricing
A defense official, speaking on customary condition of anonymity, confirmed
Malaysia's interest in buying the Su-30 but said no decision had been reached.
Utusan Malaysia said the aircraft has medium-range missile capabilities and was
far superior to the MiG-29 fighter jets that are currently used by the Royal
Malaysian Air Force. The daily said that in Asia, only China, India and Vietnam
had Su-30 aircraft.
Malaysia bought 16 MiG-29s and two MiG-29UB trainers under a 1994 contract and
has since indicated it may also acquire Russian-made Mi-17 helicopters to
replace an aging fleet of U.S.-made Sikorskys. Russia and Malaysia signed an
agreement in 1999 to increase defense cooperation, including training and joint
production of defense material.