SHAH ALAM: Funny Feeling. Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) has confirmed it participation in the RMAF FLIT/LCA tender which closed last month. The confirmation of the participation of the TAI Hurjet was made by its president Prof Temel Kotil on Nov. 24 to Malaysian media at the opening ceremony of TAI’s office in Cyber Jaya.
Kotil was quoted as saying that the company will jointly built the Hurjet locally if it won the tender. From Bernama
CYBERJAYA – Turkey plans to jointly manufacture the country’s home-made Light combat-trainer jet, “Hurjet”, with Malaysia should the tender process be successful, said the President and Chief Executive Officer of Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI), Prof Temel Kotil.
He said this is an effort to strengthen the global aviation industry in their respective regions, and that 15 jets will be built in Malaysia and another three will be built in Turkey should the tender process be successful.
“We want to contribute to the capacity building of Malaysia to produce such aircraft as we see Malaysia as one of the best countries to collaborate with strategically in Asia-Pacific.” he told a press conference after attending the new Turkish Aerospace’s office opening ceremony officiated by Minister of International Trade and Industry, Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali, at Cyberview Futurise campus, here, Nov 24.
Hürjet is an Advanced Jet Trainer and Light Attack Aircraft. According to the company, it is a single engine, tandem-seat with modern avionics and high-performance features. The aircraft’s first flight is forecast for the last quarter of 2022.
It is clear that TAI is hoping for a repeat of the Gempita which was still a prototype when the deal was signed back in 2012. That said unlike the Army, RMAF has its back on the wall with its training fleet, with only four Hawk Mk108s still surviving while the MB-339CMs have been stored since 2018.
Stranger things has happened before of course, so no one should say it will not happened. Though it is likely the TAI gambit has made one of the other competitors stir crazy with a number of experts coming out of nowhere to say a lot hot air to support their plane.
These experts are claiming that the 30 per cent local content stipulated in the tender documents meant that local assembly of the FLIT/LCA is mandatory. It is not, the local content requirement has been in such tenders since ages ago but their implementation have been spotty to say the least. They also claimed it (local built/MRO) will be a boon to the local defense/aerospace industry but from what we have seen from the last 30 years or so, it never did. Again I am not being pessimistic but more like a realist, really.
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