More Maintenance Work For RMAF

RMAF Airbus A400M airlifter M54-03 landing in Subang recently. RMAF

SHAH ALAM: RMAF has issued three separate quotation notices for chemicals and paint for maintenance work on three aircraft, the Airbus A400M; IPTN/CASACN-235 and the Beechcraft B200T. Both the B200T maritime surveillance aircraft and the A400M airlifter are operated out of the Subang airbase.

The CN-235 – MSA, transport and VIP – are operated by No 1 Squadron from the Kuching airbase in Sarawak.

RMAF aircraft taking part in a photo exercise with RMN ships taking part in Eks Angsa 2023. RMAF,

The QN notice for the CN-235

PEROLEHAN KEPERLUAN BAHAN KIMIA BAGI KEGUNAAN RAWATAN BERJADUAL BARISAN PERTAMA DAN KEDUA PESAWAT CN235-220/MSA/VIP TAHUN 2023

The notice for the Beechcraft B200T

PEROLEHAN BAHAN KIMIA UNTUK KEGUNAAN BARISAN PERTAMA NO.16 SKN M41-01, M41-02 & M41-04, NO 20 SKN DAN CAWANGAN KEJURUTERAAN UNTUK RAWATAN PERTAMA HINGGA KE EMPAT PHASE SERVICING

The A400M notice

PEROLEHAN CAT BAGI KEGUNAAN PESAWAT A400M (M54-01 ) (M54-02 ) (M54-03) (M54-04) UNTUK RAWATAN SENGGARAAN RETROFIT A1, A2 & C2-L+6MO+170FC TAHUN 2023

RMAF CN-235 MSA M44-03 on static display at LIMA 2023. Malaysian Defence picture.

The notices above showed RMAF determination that MRO work should be done by the service itself. The service of course sent out the components for repairs to OEM or approved maintenance providers if they lack the capabilities to do it.
RMAF Beechcraft B200T MPA, M41-02. Malaysian Defence

The QNs also proved that any attempts for local MRO centres are simply another attempt of building castles in the sky.

— Malaysian Defence

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7 Comments

  1. I am more intrigue that the B200T MPAs are still flying? Wasn’t someone said it has reached their airframe lifespan?

  2. Ahh so it was fake news that they were at their last legs and urgently needed to replace. With 3 MSA, 2 B200T MPA, and 2 ATR72 MPA plus in future 2 AEW id say we are well covered in the maritime airspace for the foreseeable future, won’t you say so?

  3. No, not really, the B200T are not meant to fly beyond 2025. But of course anything could happen to the MPA programme. I am guessing RMAF is preparing in case if its delayed and have the B200T ready for that.

  4. There are even more ancient planes still in service. Not just as warbird but doing actual work

    BT-67 for example

  5. @ dundun

    I wouldn’t mind flying in a BT-67

    Yeah even all USAF B-52s are older than 60 years old, and they are planning to continue using B-52s even when all the B-1 and B-2 are retired.

    Singapore is also flying C-130B version that are more than 60 years old. RSAF still has 4 C-130B built in the late 1950s, early 1960s.
    https://www.defensenews.com/resizer/zC71LahNy8-F7LyEi_AcZLNfNF8=/arc-photo-archetype/arc3-prod/public/PBPND2SDRJARNFVI5IUYI3OIUI.jpg

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