‘ONLY 4 OUT OF MALAYSIA’S 28 SUKHOI FIGHTER JETS CAN FLY’ – SHOULD NOT PUTRAJAYA CONSIDER BUYING MORE LASTING, RELIABLE PLANES? AMID MAHATHIR’S MEETING WITH PUTIN, MAT SABU SAYS GOVT MULLING PURCHASE OF ‘NEW VERSION’ RUSSIAN JETS

THE proposal to replace the air force’s SU Russian fighter jets with a new version depends on Malaysia’s financial position, said Mohamad Sabu.

The defence minister said the proposal is being studied, and the government is looking at the compatibility factor.

“Our defence assets are outdated and have to be replaced. Nonetheless, we will check the compatibility (of the new-version fighter jets).

“The proposal depends on the country’s financial situation, as well as negotiations (between Malaysia and Russia),” he told a press conference after flagging off 12,000 participants at the Run for Peace 2019 event in Klang today.

On Thursday, Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad reportedly said Malaysia is “very cautious” about its spending, in relation to the proposed replacement of two types of Russian-made fighter jets.

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He said spending too much on new aircraft “would not be productive” as Malaysia has no intention of going to war with any country.

On the death of Major Mohd Zahir Armaya, 36, who was shot during a commando demonstration at Lok Kawi Camp in Sabah on Wednesday, Mohamad said the probe is ongoing.

“The investigation is being carried out… it won’t take long.”

– Bernama

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