KUALA LUMPUR: Reader ShahF in his comments for the Cougar, Why suggested that the Cougar purchase be postponed or shelved due to the economic crisis.
Well, an Internet newsportal, The Malaysian Insider is quoting sources that DPM had postponed the deal due to the economic crisis although Bernama quickly reported that no decision had been made on the matter, just yet. Malaysian Defence has not heard anything yet but with the current economic situation nothing is guaranteed apart from life and death, of course
Since the Cougar deal has only reached the LOI stage, shelving the deal may well be prudent in these uncertain times but yet, again the Armed Forces will have to deal with another set-back due to past mistakes.
Yes, the Nuri could undergo another up-grade programme (as suggested by ShahF) but really, have we done anything within the last decade to ensure such a risky venture would be successful and would actually enhance the capabilities of these National Asset? I doubt it.
Anyway, the conspiracy theorists would claimed that the economic crisis had nothing to do with supposed postponement and the real reason is that Najib is getting scared with all the brouhaha over the selection of the Cougar instead the good enough Mi-17s.
Malaysian Defence breathed a sigh of relief when Mindef decided to shelve the ridiculous Rooivalk deal in 1999 but this time around only silence. Anyway, the Rooivalk shared a common heritage with the Cougar. It was developed by Denel from the Puma during the dark days of apartheid.
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