Brunei Confirms Transfer of Blackhawks

SHAH ALAM: The Brunei Defence Ministry has confirmed the plan to transfer its S-70A Blackhawk helicopter to Malaysia, in a statement released on its website today.

The statement did not say how many helicopters will be transferred but since Brunei operates four S-70A Blackhawk helicopters it is likely all will be transferred as reported by Malaysian Defence previously.

Among others the statement said that both countries had a long term collaboration and defence ties through various exchanges and training and involvement in foreign missions.

His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah, Sultan of Brunei, arrivals at the 4th biennial Brunei Darussalam International Defense Exhibition aboard a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter on the flightline at Rimba Air Base, Dec. 3, 2013.  USAF photo
His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah, Sultan of Brunei, arrivals at the 4th biennial Brunei Darussalam International Defense Exhibition aboard a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter on the flightline at Rimba Air Base, Dec. 3, 2013. USAF photo

“The collaboration is expected to be enhanced with the planned transfer of the S-70A Blackhawk helicopter of the Royal Brunei Air Force to the Malaysian Armed Forces.”

“The helicopter remained in service with TUDB and the transfer is expected to be at the earliest in September when the new S-70i helicopters of TUDB are fully operational. The process of transfer will be discussed further by both parties.”

“The Defence Ministry is hopeful that the transfer of the helicopter will contribute in improving the capabilities of the Malaysian Armed Forces and the efforts of both countries to protect the peace and security of the region.”

TUDB is expected to operate at least 4 S-70i in September with an additional eight to be delivered in stages until 2016.

RBAF new S-70i Blackhawk on display at BRIDEX 2014. Brunei Times.
RBAF new S-70i Blackhawk on display at BRIDEX 2014. Brunei Times.

The release:
KERJASAMA PERTAHANAN ANTARA NEGARA BRUNEI DARUSSALAM DAN MALAYSIA

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Rabu 28 Januari 2015 – Kementerian Pertahanan sukacita memaklumkan bahawa hubungan pertahanan antara Negara Brunei Darussalam dan Malaysia semakin bertambah erat terutama dengan adanya rundingan rapat antara kedua negara; pertukaran latihan dan latihan bersama ketenteraan; pertukaran maklumat; penyertaan kedua negara dalam operasi antarabangsa seperti United Nation Interim Force In Lebanon (UNIFIL) dan International Monitoring Team (IMT); dan sebagainya.

Kerjasama ini akan dipertingkatkan lagi dengan rancangan penyerahan Helikopter Blackhawk S-70A kepunyaan Tentera Udara Diraja Brunei (TUDB) kepada Angkatan Tentera Malaysia.

Helikopter tersebut masih beroperasi dalam TUDB dan dijangka akan sedia untuk diserahkan seawalnya dalam bulan September apabila helikopter baru Blackhawk S-70i TUDB beroperasi sepenuhnya. Keterangan bagi penyerahan tersebut akan dibincangkan selanjutnya oleh kedua belah pihak.

Kementerian Pertahanan berharap penyerahan helikopter tersebut akan menyumbang kepada peningkatan keupayaan Angkatan Tentera Malaysia dan usaha kedua negara untuk menjaga keamanan dan keselamatan serantau.

— Malaysian Defence

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