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IMDEX Asia: Could Malaysia absorb Japanese P-3Cs?

13th May 2017 - 06:41 GMT | by Wendell Minnick in Taipei


Media reports of Japan donating retired P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft to Malaysia were feverishly celebrated by many in the region. However, on 9 May Royal Malaysian Air Force chief Gen Affendi Buang dismissed reports that a P-3C deal was in the works.

A former Malaysian defence aide, who spoke on condition of anonymity, was blunt about the possibility. Malaysia has 'no in-house capability to take on a project of that scale, though there has been some level of systems integration capability acquired in the past'.

Basically, the P-3C Orion is too sophisticated for Malaysia's military to integrate, operate or

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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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