SHAH ALAM: The first batch of the MD530G light scout attack helicopters destined for the Army air wing is expected to be delivered in June 2021, said Defence Minister DS Ismail Sabri today. He said the MD Helicopters built light helos would be delivered after undergoing evaluation and certification process.
Bernama report in The Malay Mail
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 14 ― The Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) is expected to receive six MD530G helicopters in stages beginning from June next year, said Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
Without providing further details, Ismail Sabri who is also Senior Defence Minister said, however, the assets would need to undergo evaluation test and meet MAF’s criteria before Malaysia proceeds to accept them.
“This is to find out whether the helicopters are suitable to become MAF’s asset or not.
“Today, a team has departed for the United States (US) to carry out the test before the helicopters are certified as MAF assets,” he said after appearing as the guest of Bernama TV’s programme Ruang Bicara: Budget 2021 at Wisma Bernama here, last night.Ismail Sabri said another team would be sent to the US to carry out the certification process if the helicopters were suitable to become MAF’s asset.
Meanwhile, he said the Defence Ministry was in the process of applying to the Public Service Department to increase the number of MAF personnel, especially in Sabah and Sarawak. ― Bernama
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If you want to read more on the MD530G saga go here. There are also a ton of stories in the Malaysian Defence archives.
The report above stated that MAF send a team to the US yesterday – likely from RMAF and the Army – to conduct an evaluation test on its suitability before the certification process and delivery would take place.
So what if the evaluation process determined the helicopters to be unsuitable then? I have no idea, your guess is as good as mine. I am guessing that as the minister had announced the delivery date in June, these helicopters will be delivered around that time.
Anyhow I was informed that there was video of a VAT69 team
using a MD600N light helicopter for some fast roping and shooting action being circulated. I was told that this was just a one off demonstration flight conducted with the cooperation of Sapura Aviation which owned the helicopter.
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