SHAH ALAM: Its an open secret that RMAF wants the Super Hornets to replace its Hornet and Fulcrum fleets. The story below is self-explainatory. If would be great if we can get the same savings from the US Navy multi-year purchase as the story indicates that it will save some RM1.2 billion or so from the purchase price.
However any deal for the Super Hornets must overcome the lack of budget on the part of the Malaysian government first and the fact the Swedish and Europeans are also in the race to sell the Gripens and the Eurofighters.
Morever, it seemed that any Super Bug deal for Malaysia will probably mean that we will be getting the new International Version of the Super Hornet that Boeing had indicated in its presentation at Farnborough last July.
And we could still piggybback on the US Navy multi-year contract as modifications to the new Intertnational Super Bug could be made on the production line anyway…
Personally, I dont think we have the money to replace the Hornets and Fulcrums before 2020 and as I mentioned before its better, for me at least, for us to purchase the F-35. For some US$2.7 billion we can get 20 F-35s, which is only slightly costlier than the proposed Super Hornet buy….
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 29 (Bernama) — The Boeing Company has been awarded a new multi-year procurement (MYP) contract from the U.S. Navy for 124 F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler aircraft.
The new contract is valued at US$5.297 billion. Under the terms of the agreement, Boeing will deliver 66 Super Hornets and 58 Growlers to the Navy from 2012 through 2015.
“The men and women of Boeing are honored to provide the Super Hornet’s advanced, combat-proven multirole capability and the EA-18G’s unmatched airborne electronic attack capability to the American warfighters serving their nation around the world each day,” said Boeing F/A-18 and EA-18 Programs Vice President Kory Mathews in a statement from St. Louis.
“Procurement of these 124 aircraft through a multi-year contract takes advantage of the full efficiencies of Boeing s production and supplier operations, which will generate more than $600 million in cost savings for U.S. taxpayers.”
– Malaysian Defence