Shooting At Stars

SHAH ALAM: Shooting at stars. A couple of days ahead of DS Najib Razak visit to the White House, several news portal claimed that he will sign a contract to buy Super Hornets there as a way to wriggle out of his “legal” troubles.

It was naive for them to think there is only one jalan tikus in this world as it was announced Malaysia this morning was indeed buying jets from Boeing though these are the passenger planes variety!

Boeing 787 Dreamliner in Malaysia Airlines livery. Boeing photo

From Bernama

WASHINGTON, Sept. 12, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Malaysia Airlines Berhad (Malaysia Airlines) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding for 16 airplanes during a ceremony at the St. Regis Hotel in Washington D.C.

The signing was witnessed by Dato’ Sri Mustapa bin Mohamed, Malaysian Minister of International Trade and Industry and in the presence of The Honorable Dato’ Sri Muhammad Najib Bin Tun Abdul Razak, Prime Minister of Malaysia as well as members from the airline and Boeing.

The announcement includes eight 787-9 Dreamliners by converting eight of Malaysia Airlines’ existing order of the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft and eight additional purchase rights of the 737 MAX 8s as well as Boeing’s Global Fleet Care service to maintain the national carrier’s current and future Boeing airplanes. Once finalized, the deal will be posted to Boeing’s Orders and Deliveries website.

“Malaysia Airlines is proud to sign this MOU for the widebody Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners and additional 737 MAXs, building on our more than 40 years of partnership with Boeing,” said Peter Bellew, managing director and chief executive officer of Malaysia Airlines. “New widebody aircraft are a key to making Malaysia Airlines a premium airline offering a five star product again.
The extraordinary range of the 787-9 gives an ability to operate to any point in Europe and some USA destinations in the future from Kuala Lumpur. The MOU with Boeing on their Global Fleet Care program will allow the two companies to build a world class MRO for the 737 MAX, 787 and 737NG based on Malaysia’s existing facilities in Kuala Lumpur.”

Malaysia Airlines currently operates more than 50 Next-Generation 737s and has an additional 25 737 MAXs on order, including 10 for the new 737 MAX 10.

“Boeing offers the very best widebody and single aisle airplanes in the world and we are delighted Malaysia Airlines continues to put its trust and confidence in Boeing with this MOU for 16 Boeing airplanes,” said Kevin McAllister, President and Chief Executive Officer, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “The 787 and the 737 MAX will provide Malaysia Airlines with unmatched fuel efficiency, economics and a superior passenger experience as they continue to grow their business across Southeast Asia and beyond.”

Whether or not, Najib and Trump discussed the Super Hornets is beyond me at the moment, we will have to wait for the transcript of their meeting. Even there was discussions it does not meant any deal is forthcoming.

AFV30 Gempita in desert camouflage. Social media

Anyhow, it appears that Deftech is taking the first steps of exporting the AV8 Gempita. The company has send at least one Gempita, an AFV30, based on a picture posted on social media, to a very, friendly country in the Middle East. As I have been asked not to name the country, I will leave it to your imagination.
Gempita AFV30 variant of 1 Kor Armor Di Raja seen at the Kuantan airbase at the PAT first order on Jan 24, 2017.

The Gempita has been trialled in the country for several months now. I am not sure whether it will be the first Gempita to face baptism of fire but if they took it far south, it might just.

— Malaysian Defence

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