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Malaysia confirms KAI's trainer/light attack win for KA-50

1st March 2023 - 15:00 GMT | by Dzirhan Mahadzir in Kuala Lumpur


Malaysia has confirmed the acquisition of 18 KAI FA-50 aircraft to replace the country's Hawk 100/200 and MB339 fleets. (Photo: KAI)

The Malaysian MoD has officially confirmed selection of the KAI FA-50 as the winner of the country's Fighter Lead In Trainer-Light Combat Aircraft competition, although the delivery schedule has now been pushed back by two years.

On 26 February Malaysian Deputy Defence Minister Adly Zahari confirmed that the country had selected the KAI FA-50 as winner of the tender for 18 Fighter Lead In Trainer-Light Combat Aircraft (FLIT-LCA) for the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF), issued in June 2021.

He confirmed the deal when queried by reporters as neither the MoD nor RMAF had issued any statement following KAI’s announcement on February 24 that it had won the competition. This was despite the KAI release including photos of Malaysian MoD Secretary General Muez Abdul Aziz handing the signed agreement to KAI president Kang Gu-young

KAI said it had secured a

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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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