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Malaysia decides to retire Nuri helicopter fleet

9th January 2020 - 00:01 GMT | by Dzirhan Mahadzir in Kuala Lumpur


The Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) will phase out its Sikorsky S-61A Nuri fleet, said its newly appointed chief Gen Ackbal Samad on 7 January. Ackbal said the decision was made due to the fleet’s age and the fact that sourcing support and parts was difficult and costly.

Ackbal said no phase-out date had been decided: ‘At this point of time, I cannot give you a specific date, but we are moving towards terminating the aircraft’s operations.’ He also noted the RMAF was currently assessing replacement options, including temporary leasing until new helicopters are acquired.

He also confirmed the S-61A

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Dzirhan Mahadzir


Dzirhan Mahadzir

Dzirhan Mahadzir is a freelance defense journalist and analyst based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, who …

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