Instead RMAF’s entire fleet of ten MiG-29 Fuclrums is grounded due to lack of spare parts
Malaysia’s Defense Minister Mohamad Sabu told his parliamentary colleagues on Jul. 31 that the country has only four Su-30MKM fighters that can fly.
“Only four of the Sukhois are able to fly well,” he said.
As reported by The Star Online, the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) bought a total of 18 Su-30MKMs from Russia last decade. Fourteen of those jets require repairs. Sabu added that his ministry has terminated the company in charge of their maintenance.
RMAF MiG-29 multi-role fighters entered service in 1995, while six Sukhoi Su-30MKM air-superiority fighters were delivered in 2007 and the remainder in 2009.
The Sukhoi Su-30MKM (Modernized Export Malaysia; NATO reporting name: Flanker-H) is a variant of the Su-30 series specifically developed for RMAF featuring many significant improvements over the original Su-30MK export version.
Developed by Sukhoi Design Bureau, the Su-30MKM is based on Su-30MKI operated by the Indian Air Force (IAF). The first two aircraft were handed over to the RMAF on May 2007 at Irkut’s aircraft manufacturing facility at Irkutsk, Russia. The two aircraft were later delivered to RMAF Gong Kedak, Malaysia on June 2007 by an An-124-100 transport aircraft. By December 2007, seven months after the delivery of the first two aircraft, the RMAF had taken delivery of six Su-30MKMs. The eighteenth and last aircraft arrived at RMAF Gong Kedak on August 2009.
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