Game On, FLIT-LCA Tender Out

SHAH ALAM: Game on FLIT-LCA tender out. The Defence Ministry today published the request for bids for the supply and delivery of 18 Fighter-Lead In Trainer and Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) for RMAF. The international tender closes on September 22.

As usual not much details were made public apart from the tender notice on the Defence Ministry website.

ROKAF Black Eagles in formation at LIMA 2017

The notice:

FOR SUPPLY, DELIVERY AND COMMISSIONING OF EIGHTEEN (18) UNITS OF FIGHTER LEAD IN TRAINER-LIGHT COMBAT AIRCRAFT (FLIR-LCA) AND ASSOCIATED EQUIPMENT TO THE ROYAL MALAYSIAN AIR FORCE (RMAF) AND THE GOVERNMENT OF MALAYSIA

Leonardo M346FA. Leonardo

As there is a typo on the notice (FLIR-LCA) it might be updated later to be fix.
Tejas LCA MK 1. Wikipedia Commons

Anyhow we know that the FLIT/LCA is to replace the currently grounded Aermacchi MB-339CM jet trainers and the in-service BAe System Hawk light jets – twin seat Mk108 and twin-seater Mk-208.
Yakovlev Yak-130 Mitten performing a display at LIMA 2019. Zaq Sayuti.

Malaysian Defence has on various occasions had reported on the FLIT/LCA saga already so I think I wont spend to much time on this. However for those wanting to read them please go here here and here
AVIC/PAC JF-17. YouTube

As for the favourite candidate as I had written previously the one to beat is still the Korean Aerospace KAI T-50/F-50 combo.
KAI FA-50. KAI

Anyhow, the ministry today also issued a RFB for the supply of one Aviation Forward Repair Team (AFRT) vehicle under the Army Mobility Phase III programme. Based on the specifications published it appears that they are looking for a 4X4 three-tonne truck. The truck will be used to support helicopters of the Army Air Wing out in the field.
MD530 which was supposed to be delivered for the Malaysian Army on display at the HAI Heli-Expo in Las Vegas in 2018. The helicopters are supposed to be delivered this August.

There is a requirement for a suitable Aviation Forward Repair Team(AFRT) vehicle to carry out not least four (4) Aircraft Technicians, thenecessary tools and equipment for effective field deployment to carryout repairs in-situ up to first line servicing. The vehicle shall be able to provide support maintenance, inspections and crane operations in the field.

— Malaysian Defence

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