SHAH ALAM: RMAF assets purchase is not delayed by the change of the government, says its chief Gen Asghar Goriman Khan today. He was quoted as saying this by Bernama the national news agency.
From New Straits Times:
SEREMBAN: The change in government will not cause a delay in the procurement of new assets for the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF), said RMAF chief General Tan Sri Mohd Asghar Khan Goriman Khan.
He said the buying of maritime patrol aircraft, unmanned aerial systems, fighter lead-in trainers/light combat aircraft (FLIT-LCA) and air defence radars was in progress.
He said the letter of agreement (LOA) for the procurement of maritime patrol aircraft and unmanned aerial systems was signed on Oct 25 and price negotiations were ongoing.
“For the procurement of FLIT-LCA, the papers are with the Finance Ministry and we are waiting for approval,” he said after presenting awards at the RMAF Service Excellence Awards at the Sendayan Air Base.
Asghar Khan said medium-altitude long-endurance unmanned aerial systems (MALE-UAS) were important to enable the RMAF to carry out intelligence surveillance reconnaissance effectively and efficiently across a wide area.
“The MALE-UAS that we will buy or have signed (LOA) to buy is the Anka aircraft from Turkiye.
“This week, we (RMAF) were in Turkiye to look at the contract and the progress of the aircraft.”
He said as outlined in the Defence White Paper, a large swathe of territorial waters that stretch to the Exclusive Economic Zone needed tighter surveillance and the use of aircraft or UAS drones.
At the awards ceremony, Lieutenant-Colonel Khairul Anuar Addeli and Major Fairul Mohd Rustham received the Flight Safety Award, the Royal Malaysian Air Force Academy in Ipoh received the Best Quarters of the Year and Best Training Institute of the Year awards and the 14th Squadron took the Squadron of the Year award.
Asghar Khan presented a Certificate of Appreciation to officers and members of the Central RMAF Band for their excellent performance at the Gyeryong World Military Culture Expo in South Korea from Oct 7 to 15