SHAH ALAM: Nothing to see here. The Kuwaiti Army through its social media – Twitter – has denied that the country is in negotiations with Malaysia for the use of its classic Hornets. The Kuwaiti Army post on Dece. 23 stated:
The General Staff of the Army denies the news circulated recently through the media and social networking sites regarding the Royal Malaysian Air Force’s negotiation with the Kuwaiti Ministry of Defense to purchase 33 used FA18 Hornet combat aircraft owned by the Kuwaiti Air Force.
It notes that any negotiation procedures for the sale of any equipment owned by the Ministry of Defense will be announced directly, and take place through the Committee for the Disposal of Assets Outside the Scope of Use of the Ministry of Defense.
In coordination with the Ministry of Finance after the approval of the country that manufactured the equipment and the terms of the contracts, and in accordance with the applicable frameworks, laws and regulatory systems.
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The post was clear in response to a news report from Bernama which was picked up by many newspapers that stated that Malaysia was in the process of acquiring the Hornets from Kuwait. The story from Bernama is of course wrong for stating that when both countries had yet negotiate the matter. How can you start a process when it had not happened? Even the deputy defence minister did not say we were in the process of acquiring the Hornets, he said that we are interested in purchasing them but have yet to speak with the Kuwaitis.
In fact in the third paragraph of the post, the Kuwait Army stated that it had to get an approval from the country of manufacture (the US) before it can even talk with Malaysia on the Hornets. I was told that Malaysia need to speak to the US first to get permission to purchase the Hornets to start the ball rolling. As I posted earlier it was started back in 2019 but fell on the ways side. Read the full posting for the reason.
— Malaysian Defence