Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Malaysian Air Force's MiG-29N jet fighters will not be Grounded as Planned

The MiG-29N jet fighters will not be grounded as initially planned but will be used for at least another five years.Defence Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the earlier plan was to decommission the aircraft and sell them to Third World countries.However, after taking into consideration the current economic situation, the Government decided to shelve that plan, he said.”We have decided to continue using 10 of the 16 MiG-29N jet fighters after sending them for repairs and upgrading,” he said.Six of the aircraft have already been decommissioned, Bernama reported.”We will call in experts from Aerospace Technology System Corp to do the necessary repairs and overhaul of the engines so that it would be safe for them to fly again,” he told reporters during a visit to the Royal Malaysian Air Force base here on Tuesday..................................Star Publications 


RMAF/TUDM deploys small number (n<20) of diverse type of combat aircraft. Not sure whats the benefit/rationale behind that (in sharp contrast to large number of fewer types seen in other AFs).

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