SHAH ALAM: Back in July, Malaysian Defence reported that a quotation notice (QN) was published in Eperolehan to send items of the RMAF MPA project team to Italy.
On November 6, another QN was published this time to find the MTO to send the personal items of the RMAF FLIT-LCA project team to Sacheon, South Korea.
The service is for six RMAF personnel headed by a Lt Colonel and five officers – all rank Major. The project team leader was a former CO of No. 15 Skuadron which flies the BAE Systems Hawk Mk 108 and Mk 208 out of the Butterworth air base.
Sacheon is the location of the Korean Aerospace Industries (KAI) plant, the manufacturer of the FA-50M of which we are getting 18. Another batch of 18 FA-50s is also under RMAF plans though it is unclear when the funding will be made available.
KAI plant at Sacheon is located adjacent the international airport and it shared the same runways. It is located some 338km south of Seoul, the capital of South Korea. It is about 90km from Busan. Based on a search on Google Maps, the KAI plant also has an outdoor museum displaying the aircraft it had manufactured in the past.
For the record, the QN for the MPA team was awarded to FGV Resources Sdn Bhd with the cost of RM293,428.
— Malaysian Defence