SHAH ALAM: All dressed up. It appears another aircraft in the RMAF inventory – the Leonardo MB339CM – is being put into storage. The case for storing the CMs came about from a tender for materials for the storage of aircraft published on Oct. 15 and closing on Oct. 22. The Nuri was the recent aircraft placed into storage prior to disposal or scrapping.
Among the items being sought for the storage include mil-standard barrier materiel, pressure sensitive tape, masking paper and adhesive tape. Work on the aircraft will be done at the Kuantan airbase. What is interesting was that the Deputy Minister DS Ikhmal Hisham Abdul Aziz had told Parliament on Sept.30 that the CM out of service date was 2028.
The aircraft however had been grounded since 2018 following a crash of a CM then and due to technical issues surrounding the jet’s engine. The CM according to the deputy minister, will be replaced by a new FLIT as envisioned by the RMAF CAP 55 plan.
It must be noted that the CM storage could be shortened, if the government decided on the Leonardo M-346 light jet for the FLIT/LCA programme. Leonardo had been offering to take back the CMs if the 346 is selected for the FLIT/LCA programme for some time now.
Anyhow, it appears that LMS Badik is set to be commissioned in the next week or so. This became apparent after RMN issued a notice for quotation for the rental of four MPVs and five sedans for the commissioning ceremony. The same notices were issued for the rental of similar vehicles for the commissioning of KD Keris and KD Sundang, previously.
As reported previously, LMS Badik commissioning has been delayed to the need to adhere to the health regulations enforced by the pandemic.
— Malaysian Defence