Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Malaysian Sukhoi Su-30MKM fleet undergoes life-extension upgrade program locally

One of the Sukhoi Su-30MKM fighter aircraft of the RMAF. Photo c/o Reddit.

The Sukhoi Su-30MKM fleet of the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) started undergoing Preventive and Restoration Work, as the Russian-made fighter fleet enters 10 years of operation.

At least 1 of the 18 Sukhoi Su-30MKM fighters of the RMAF completed the life-extension upgrade program recently, which was done locally by Sukhoi's local partner, Aerospace Technology Systems Corp. (ATSC). Two other Su-30MKM are undergoing similar upgrade works, with the rest of the fleet scheduled to receive a similar upgrade at a later date.

The RMAF will formally accept aircraft, with military registration number M52-11 on 26 March 2019, and will debut at Langkawi International Maritime & Aerospace Exhibition 2019 (LIMA 2019) which opens this week.

Conducting the life-extension program locally has allowed for cost savings for the RMAF compared to sending the aircraft for a similar upgrade program outside the country.

ATSC was formed as part of a deal between the Malaysian government, and Russia's Rosoboronexport and Russian Aircraft Corporation to support Russian-made aircraft in service with the Malaysian armed forces, which includes the MiG-29N/NUB fleet, and now the Sukhoi Su-30MKM. 

[1] New Straits Times
[2] FlightGlobal

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