Sukhoi SU 30 MKMs handed over

The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, Dato’ Seri Mohamed Najib Tun Razak received the log books for the six Sukhoi SU 30MKMs earlier this afternoon, marked the operations of the multirole combat aircraft (MRCA) in the Royal Malaysian Airforce (RMAF).

The log books were handed over to him by Victor Komardin, the deputy director of Rosboroexport, the Irkutz based manufacturers of the superior MRCA. He later handed over the log books to RMAF Chief Jen. Tan Sri Azizan Arifin. This ceremony took place in TUDM Subang.

The will be based in TUDM Gong Kedak, a specially built air force base in the border of Kelantan-Terengganu. It is part of 18 MRCAs ordered in a USD 900 million deal signed in April 2003. The acquisition is part of a RMAF modernization program for frontline MRCAs for the defense of realm. At the moment, four pilots and two weapon system officers are being trained intensively in Russia. The next four pilots would be trained by the Indian Air Force.

Today marked a milestone in the RMAF history.


Published in: on August 11, 2007 at 01:03  Comments (1)  

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  1. (Refer pic in Star where Branson wears a Tanjak;

    Dear RPK,

    What’s wrong with this picture?

    I am quite perturbed by this picture because Richard Barnson should have worn a songkok and not a ceremonial “tengkolok” or “tanjak” with a “Lang” reserved for royalty or even “Raja Sehari” (bridegrooms). From time immemorial, we Malays have kept our pantang-larang close to our hearts and the last thing we need is Mr. Fernandez thinking he can make his friend wear headgear like this. What’s next from Tony?…getting Branson to wear a “serban”?

    Surely Mr. Fernandez who happens to be Mr. Kalimullah, Mr. Lim Kian Onn and Mr. KJ’s partner should have known better and realised the sensitivities of the headgear as far as the Malay population is concerned. This act I shall consider “biadap” and “angkuh”.

    Even if Branson and Fernandez were getting “married”, shouldn’t Fernandez be in a wedding gown or baju kurung? We all know he’s no “Virgin”!

    Regards and Salams,
    TunTuah – Defender of Islam and Sultan-Sultan Melayu

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