Malaysia-Military Acquires 18 Russian
Jets (20 May2003)
Malaysia plans to purchase 18 Sukhoi SU-30 fighter jets worth
US$900 million (S$1.6 billion) as a result of the military's defence
Defence Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak stated that the agreement
would be finalized by the end of the year, while the jets will
arrive in mid 2006. He also said that the Sukhoi model is the
most suitable as the aircraft have modified technical specifications
to meet Malaysia's requirements.
Russian Defence Minister Sergei Ivanov was on a two-day visit
in Malaysia. The two defence ministers discussed on future collaborations
in the area of defence. He said that Russia is ready for cooperation
with Malaysia and ready to supply Malaysia with the sophistication
of cutting edge technology.
Malaysia's current fleet is made up of 18 Russian MiG-29 fighters,
eight FA-18D Hornets, seven f-5 Tigers and eight British Hawk
This has been Malaysia's largest defence deal since spending
RM6 billion (S$2.7 billion) last year on military hardware.