MOSCOW, November 15 (RIA Novosti)
- Russia fulfils contract for 18 fighters to Malaysia
- Russia's Sukhoi delivers new batch of Su-30 fighters to Malaysia
- Russian SU fighters find a home in Malaysia
- Malaysia may buy more Su-30 fighters from Russia
The Malaysian defense ministry plans to buy 18 Russian Su-30MKM fighters fit to carry Russian-Indian BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles, the Izvestia daily said on Tuesday.
The paper said, citing military sources, that Malaysian Defense Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi plans on Tuesday to visit the Irkut aviation plant, producing Su-30MKI fighters for India. According to Izvestia, one such aircraft would cost Malaysia about $50 million, future maintenance included.
During the visit, the minister "may sign a contract to buy 18 Su-30MKM multirole fighters," the paper said.
The defense minister also plans to discuss installing new missiles, including BrahMos, on the 18 Su-30MKM fighters that Malaysia received in August 2009 under the $900-million contract signed in 2003.
Malaysia's mixed fighter fleet also includes Russian MiG-29N Fulcrum and the U.S.-made F/A-18D Hornet and F-5 Tiger in service.
The Su-30MKM is a multi-role Flanker version based on the Su-30MKI model and features a customized avionics package built to Malaysian specifications. Su-family fighters constitute the bulk of Russia's arms exports.
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- p2o2rianMalaysia stronger than Russia?!20:33, 15/11/2011Taking into consideration the following facts:
1. Russia builds tanks, aircrafts, submarines and frigates to everybody excluding yourself (nearly),
2. Russian Army procurement is shambles (reportedly),
3. Slow pace of modernization of RF Army (money?),
4. Lack of military grade opto-electronics and other essential high-tech communication gizmos,
5. Aging work force and machinery,
the Malaysian forces will become soon stronger than that of RF!
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The current contract portfolio of Russian arms exporters is worth about $46 billion. Annual exports total $15 billion, and this will ensure uninterrupted deliveries for the next three years, even in the worst-case scenario. The list of the main buyers of Russian weapons is unlikely to change drastically.