Malaysia wishes to purchase four Awacs
aircraft (03 Jun 2003)
Malaysia intends to spend US $1 billion (S$1.74 billion) on four
Airborne Warning and Control System (Awacs). The aircrafts considered
are the Grumman E-2C Hawkeye, the Boeing 737 AEW&C and the
Malaysian Defence Minister Najib Tun Razak confirmed the purchasing
plans yesterday, however he also added that there could be budget
limitations, as the purchase of the aircraft will incur large
expenses and thus required proper planning.
The estimated arrival of the aircraft would be by 2005 but an
earlier purchase is a possibility if the aircraft can be acquired
with long-term payments or barter trade.
The Awacs will ensure adequate defence surveillance because they
will allow the military to identify and handle possible threats
from a distance, something that Malaysia said it will need in