SHAH ALAM: Coming soon or next change. In a previous post, Malaysian Defence wrote that the PM10 administration will have to deal with the legacy issues like the LCS and things like the SPH/4X4s LOIs and the tenders for MPA/MALE UAS and FLIT/LCA.
Yes, there are other issues which needs the attention of PM10 but since this is a site concentrating on national security issues, of course it will be the main ones being discussed here. Anyhow, another issue that will crop up in the next year or so, will be the Kuwaiti Hornets.
Malaysian Defence has been told that when the Kuwaiti government wants to sell its classic Hornets, Malaysia will be the priority customer. When, is tricky to answer as it depends on when Kuwait is taking delivery of the 28 Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet fighter jets ordered in 2016.
Boeing has completed the delivery of the 28 Super Hornets to US Navy in September 2021 though there is no word when the aircraft will make it to Kuwait. Six Eurofighter Typhoons has already been delivered to Kuwait as off September 2022, out of 28 aircraft ordered in 2016.
And when the delivery of Super Hornets to Kuwait takes place, we will then have to get permission from the US to start the procurement process. It is this part that requires the movement from PM10. Defence Minister DS Mohamad Hasan will have to ask permission from the Cabinet to get the US approval. And if the Cabinet says no, that is the end of it even if we have first dibs on the Kuwaiti Hornets.
In December 2021, the Defence Ministry stated it was interested in the Kuwaiti Hornets.
The-then Deputy Defence Minister DS Ikmal Hisham Abdul Aziz told Parliament on December 22 that the ministry was interested in purchasing the Kuwaiti Hornets. He said it would be a “lock, stock and barrel” procurement of 33 Kuwaiti Air Force F/A-18C/D aircraft which were still in good condition and with low operating hours.
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Unfortunately, the reports on the interest had taken the deputy minister’s statement out of context leading to a denial by the Kuwaitis.
It is likely that the Kuwaiti Hornets procurement was the reason a large allocation was provided for the maintenance and upgrades of the RMAF Hornets in the proposed 2023 budget. Hopefully, the new budget to be tabled next year will give an indication of the intention.
— Malaysian Defence