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LIMA 2017: Could Malaysian MiG-29s be resurrected?

23rd March 2017 - 07:00 GMT | by Wendell Minnick in Langkawi


A Russian-Malaysian joint business effort is offering the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) a life extension option for its decrepit MiG-29N fighter fleet, which now numbers six operational aircraft from a total of 16 originally procured.

Details of upgrade options were revealed at the LIMA 2017 exhibition in Langkawi, Malaysia.

The effort is between Malaysian-based Aerospace Technology Systems Corporation (ATSC) and Russian-based RAC MiG, and it aims to rescue the fighter fleet before being retired by the air force's recapitalisation via the Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MRCA) programme.

According to an ATSC source, two options are being offered. The first,

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Wendell Minnick


Wendell Minnick

Wendell Minnick (顏文德) was Shephard's Senior Asia Correspondent throughout 2017 and 2018. Wendell is an …

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