Selamat Jalan Nuri…Part 3

Nuri M23-29 from No 7 Skuadron flying over the Kota Belud air to ground firing range in 2017.

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

Two Nuri helicopters peforming their displays at LIMA 19 opening ceremony.

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).

RMAF Nuri of No. 3 Skuadron carrying the 60th anniversary flag as a drone operated by RMAF PR flies much closet to the photographer than the helicopter itself.

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.
Nuri M23-29 from No 7 Skuadron flying over the Kota Belud air to ground firing range in 2017.

The request for quotation was closed on August 14 after it was opened three days earlier.
Nuri replacement. RMAF Airbus EC725 AP flying at the opening ceremony of LIMA 17.


RMAF Nuri S61A4 M23-36 at the fly-past rehearsal on Feb 26, 2016.

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.
Nuri M23-18 of No 7 Skuaddron on TDY at Tawau in 2015.

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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  1. We know about it because now there is more transparency with open tender process, but I guess some prefers the old opaque way of doing things.

  2. Keep 1 for museum and sell the rest as scrap. Unfortunately no operator wants them anymore, maybe 10 years ago but we missed that boat. No point making so many as museum pieces if they will be mistreated, just look at the state of those exhibited outside in open weather. The only 1 that I can see being somewhat maintained is Rajawali as it is centrally located in tourist area.

  3. Pakistan is still gettting surplus Sea Kings. Even if they aren’t exactly going to fly these Nuri I’d image they would use them for part cannibalisation purpose

  4. @dundun
    There are are plenty of them in the market now since long time users are/had recently stop using them (ie RCAF) and even civvie operators are replacing them rapidly with new choppers. We aren’t going to get a lot worth from our Nuris today, whatmore they are amongst the oldest model in operation.

  5. >old

    The old ones were retired even before that. The nuris that were retired couple years ago were from the 80s batches

    >not get a lot worth

    You’re complaining for the wrong reason. Why do YOU expect a lot of money on stuff you already getting rid of in the first place?

  6. Keep 2 3 unit for museum and scrap the rest and maybe try getting a lil money from them..They already serve us well enough for decades..oh send/loan 1 or 2 unit to universities too if required

  7. Firdaus, – “.oh send/loan 1 or 2 unit to universities too if required”

    What are the universities going to do with them? Use them to further the study of aeronautical engineering in county!? Let’s get serious …

  8. “-The nuris that were retired couple years ago were from the 80s batches“

    There were never any batches from the 1980’s. The first batch was ordered in followed by another order in the 1970’s..

    If we had bought the S-92 Sikorsky offered to buy back the Nuris. Up until about a decade ago there were takers but not anymore. A major problem with selling them is that whether as scrap or as unsevrvicible air frames; one needs the bureaucratic approval of State Department. Takes time.

  9. @dundun
    Those who typically would sell for parts cannibalisation would have consider those asset have higher value and thus expect higher prices than merely as scrap. If done right and sold at the right time, yes it would fetch higher prices but we’re past that point. Trying to sell them for parts cannibalisation would incur higher cost, more delays & negotiations plus not all will be taken leaving us the issue of what to do with the remainder. The easiest, simplest way is to dispose them as scrap.

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