SHAH ALAM: The Defence Ministry is waiting for the green light from the Finance Ministry to commence the procurement of the FLIT/LCA for the RMAF, says its caretaker minister on October 27. Hishamuddin Hussein said the physical evaluation and price negotiations have been completed with the evaluation report forwarded to the Finance Ministry for the final decision.
“Of course, we need the aircraft, and I believed there will be no issue as I had promised that the selection will be according to the needs of the end user, the air force,” he told the media at a press conference at the RMAF Subang airbase here. He was officiating the first flight of Malbat 850-10 – the Malaysian contingent for the UNIFIL mission. The peacekeepers will replace the current unit Malbatt 850-9.
On claims that there was no physical evaluation of the candidates for the FLIT/LCA tender, Hishammuddin dismissed it as general elections speculations. The announcement by Hishammuddin confirmed my previous report that no firm decision has been taken on FLIT/LCA tender unlike the MPA/MALE UAS which had been confirmed. Both are waiting for the 2023 budget to be approve for their contracts to be signed.
As the budget is waiting for the new government for it to be approved, will it be possible that the FLIT/LCA be included when it is presented in parliament in late November or early December? It could of course, but it depends on the newly appointed Finance Minister to put in the budget. Of course, the funds for the FLIT/LCA could be allocated in the 2024 budget if the government wants it, which more likely what will happened. Especially with RMAF expecting the first deliveries in late 2025. As for the FLIT/LCA chosen, Hishammuddin did not mentioned it, but you can guess from the pictures here.
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— Malaysian Defence