SHAH ALAM: Selamat Jalan Nuri…Part 3. In two previous posts we explored the possibility that the Nuri fleet will be kept in storage and ungracefully retired from RMAF service. This was looking inevitable since the fleet has been grounded since mid-2019 and RMAF was looking to lease their replacements until new ones could be bought, hopefully in 2025 period.
The fate of the Nuri fleet has been known since November 2019.
The Nuris, according to Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu are grounded. He said in Parliament on Nov. 27 that although the spare parts were readily available, the helicopters have been involved in various crashes and are quite old.
He said the ministry was expediting the process of leasing the replacement helicopters to allow operations from troop transport and others be conducted, prior to the purchase of buying new helicopters for RMAF
In the previous post
From the pictures of the convoy, we can ascertained that only components that could fit in the wooden crates were sent for storage to Subang. It is likely that the Nuri airframes remained in Butterworth even the ones transferred to the Army (as can be seen from the picture above).
The post above only involved the Nuris from No 3 Skuadron. Now we know that the Nuris from the other squadron, No. 7 Skuadron based in Kuching will also be kept in long term storage due to a request of quotation to supply the chemicals needed to this.
The request for quotation was closed on August 14 after it was opened three days earlier.
BEKALAN BAHAN KIMIA BAGI AKTIVITI LONG TERM STORAGE PRESERVATION PESAWAT S61A-4 NURI
The only thing good about this is the fact that we know about it instead of just guessing with had happened to the Fulcrum and F-5 fleets.
Check out my video of my ride on a Nuri from No. 7 Skuadron below. It was my first and only ride on the Nuri.
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