Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Malaysia's fighter contest intensifies ahead of LIMA air show

Royal Malaysian Air Force MiG-29s. Click on thumbnail to view high-resolution image. (Photo © Commonwealth of Australia)

Greg Waldron of Flightglobal's Singapore office has a piece out on Malaysia's bid to replace a number of elderly combat aircraft types. Against the backdrop of increased regional tensions over territorial and resource exploration rights, analysts anticipate that the Royal Malaysian Air Force will face the challenge of shifting its focus from air defence to project airpower to enforce its territorial claims in the South China Sea.

Contenders for the requirement include the Boeing F/A-18 E/F, Eurofighter Typhoon, and Saab Gripen with the French-built Dassault Rafale reportedly also considering throwing its hat into the ring.

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