SHAH ALAM: RMAF two VIP Nuri helicopters – Agusta AS-61N1 – tail number M39-01 and M39-2 – are being disposed. However, it is unclear whether they had been offered for sale or the tender for them will be published soon.
RMAF in a social media post on January 27 on the visit of the disposal inspection committee to the No 2 Skuadron at the Subang airbase was ambiguous about the status of the helicopters.
The two White Nuri were ordered in early 1992 and the first was received in the same year. They supplemented the two VVIP/VIP Black Hawk helicopters ordered several years later. The White Nuri were favoured by some VVIP/VIP due to their taller cabin allowing them to walk upright on board unlike the Black Hawks.
Perhaps, the committee was ensuring the helicopters documents were in order before proceeding with the tender exercise for their disposal. They could be doing the same thing to ensure that the sale could go ahead.
LEMBAGA PEMERIKSA PELUPUSAN 2 (LPP 2) HELIKOPTER VVIP/ VIP AGUSTA AS61N1 DI NO 2 SKN PANGKALAN UDARA SUBANG
PANGKALAN UDARA SUBANG, 24 Jan 2024 – Timbalan Ketua Setiausaha (Pengurusan) Kementerian Pertahanan, YBhg. Datin Roszanina binti Wahab telah mengetuai delegasi Kementerian Pertahanan bagi pelaksanaan Lembaga Pemeriksa Pelupusan 2 (LPP 2) melibatkan 2 Unit Pesawat VVIP/VIP Agusta AS61N1 di No 2 Skn, Pangkalan Udara Subang.
Ketibaan Timbalan Ketua Setiausaha (Pengurusan) telah disambut oleh AKS Materiel, Brig Jen Nor Azmi bin Abdul Rahman TUDM, Komander Pangkalan Udara Subang, Kol Yusri bin Jamari TUDM serta Pengarah Belanjawan, Kol Omar Zai bin Abas TUDM.
Acara telah dimulakan dengan menandatangani buku lawatan. Kemudiannya, diteruskan dengan sesi taklimat serta pemeriksaan pesawat dan dokumentasi di No 2 Skn.
The last time I saw one of the helicopters flying a VIP was back in 2018, if I remember correctly. I had not seen them flying after that unlike the Black Hawk VIPs which had also been relegated to support duties in recent times.
It must be noted that the disposal of the former Boeing Business Jet VVIP/VIP – M53-01 – was conducted via a restricted tender in 2017. Only local companies took part in the tender and the deal for the aircraft was concluded in mid-2018. The aircraft was later sold to an overseas buyer in 2018.
The Fokker F28 VVIP/VIP business jet – M28-01 which was used to fly the King in the past and retired around 10 years ago was also pictured in the same hangar as a single White Nuri and the other aircraft of No 2 Skuadron. There has been talk of the Fokker being disposed off a few years back but it never went ahead for unknown reasons.
Another VIP helicopter, an Aerospatiale Super Puma – M36-01 – crashed in December 1993 killing all the crew on board.
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