All Over The Place

LANGKAWI: All Over the Place. The budget crunch is forcing the RMAF to relook its plans and there is a possibility it may have to extend the life of its Mig-29 Fulcrum fleet.

RMAF chief Jen Affendi Buang told reporters yesterday that every possibility were being looked at as the Fulcrum replacement program was not moving for the time being.

Upgrading the Fulcrum was a possibility, he said without giving any timelines when a decision will be made.

Mig-29N M43-13. Credit Sergey Kuznecov

Speaking earlier, Defence Minister DS Hishammuddin Hussein refused to say outright that either the Eurofighter Typhoon and Dassault Rafale have been down selected for the MRCA program.

He also said no contract signing for the MRCA was expected during the official state visit of French President Francois Hollande visit next week.

Pressed further, Hishammuddin asked back which is better Typhoon or Rafale or schools?

I replied F35, please.

*edited to add new lines from PC.

– Malaysian Defence

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