LANGKAWI: First of Many. ATSC Sdn Bhd will hand over to the RMAF Sukhoi Su-30MKM M52- 11 tomorrow on the opening day of LIMA 19 the first Flanker to undergo the 11 year maintenance program at its facility at the Gong Kedak airbase.
Tail number 11 is among the 10 Flankers taking part in LIMA 2019 as reported before. The aircraft was handed over to ATSC in 2017 for the 10 year service program as reported previously.
It is likely the aircraft was already undergoing maintenance hence when it was handed over to ATSC for the program.
ATSC’s corporate and contract administration senior manager Mazliza Mohd Noor said the particular aircraft, with military registration number M52-11, would be officially handed over to the RMAF tomorrow.
She said Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad was expected to hand over the aircraft to RMAF chief General Tan Sri Affendi Buang at a simple ceremony.
The event, to be witnessed by Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu, is scheduled to be held just after Dr Mahathir opens the 15th edition of the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace (Lima) 2019 exhibition at the Mahsuri International Exhibition Centre at Padang Matsirat.
“The preventive and restoration work was done at a much lower cost domestically, rather than send the aircraft to Russia to have the job done.
“We are planning to undertake life-extension work for the remaining of the RMAF’s fleet in stages,” she said.
I have been told several more Flankers will undergo the same program as number 11 as the aircraft was supposed to be the proof of concept for the ATSC led program.
— Malaysian Defence
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