KUALA LUMPUR: As usual the story below is self-explainatory. We probably need only half or a quarter of the ordnance UAE is requesting so it may cost half or a quarter of the money for us to make the purchase or is it still too much?
The Government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has requested a possible sale of 400 GBU-24(V) 11/B Enhanced PAVEWAY III, 400 GBU-24(V) 12/B Enhanced PAVEWAY III, 400 GBU-49(V) 3/B Enhanced PAVEWAY II, 400 GBU-50(V) 1/B Enhanced PAVEWAY II, 800 MK-84 2000 lbs Bombs, 400 MK-82 500 lbs Bombs, 400 BLU-109/B 2000 lbs Bombs. Also included are containers, bomb components, mission planning software, spare and repair parts, publications and technical documentation, personnel training and training equipment, U.S. Government and contractor technical and logistics personnel support services, and other related elements of program support. The estimated cost is $290 million.
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Singapore is rumored to build a fleet of Aegis-equipped destroyer, anyone have any idea on this as I believe that they may do so with their good relationship with the US and have enough funds to do so.
Marhalim: This is news to Syameer, I am guessing its rumour mongering mostly…
interesting experience from x MAF officer:
Are we still going ahead with the A400 purchase? Even with the projected 25% cost increase?
kamal, look at the Malaysia section in the Asian Defence Blog, it has an article about how Malaysia will not have to fork out more for the A400M
if sg wants to built/buy one/two destroyer, i believe they have the capabilities in both financially and technical know how to do it. but wouldn’t it create an “arms race” here in so called “quiet” south east asia?
Marhalim: Its not an arms race if you are only one who has the capability, its an arms race when everybody rush in to make the same purchase….
Thanks Azlan, will do?
Check this link. It stated that AIRBUS may stop the A400M project due to cost over run http://www.defense-aerospace.com/article-view/release/111099/airbus-threatens-to-pull-out-of-a400m-program-over-costs.html
Marhalim: I know Lan about the possible cancellation and had asked the same thing to the Minister. But he said they have no plans to cancel the order until and if the matter comes to head, I believe CTRM off-set deal outweighs everything…
I\’m hoping the A400M is programme is shelved. [Too hell with CTRMs offset deal, as part of the Hawk purchase SME was selected to produce pylons but how has it contributed to Malaysia\’s defence needs?]That will then leave the RMAF no alternative but the C-130J. Though the C-130J has been branded by critics for being too pricey there is little alternative plus the RMAF has been an operator of the C-130 since the 70\’s. As expected neither MINDEF nor the Defence Minister provided an explanation as to why the A400M was selected.
I also prefer C-130J Super Hercules because Hercules serves well with RMAF b4.