RMAF to retire all Nuri choppers as obsolete
Published on: Saturday, December 19, 2020
By: Bernama
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RMAF to retire all Nuri choppers as obsolete
This file picture shows a Nuri helicopter makes a demonstration at TUDM exhibiton show at the Kuching Air Base on Oct 27, 2018. — Bernama photo
SUBANG JAYA: The Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) will be terminating the service of all Nuri helicopters within five years, said RMAF chief General Tan Sri Ackbal Abdul Samad.

He said the helicopter, which has served for more than 52 years, is now obsolete as most of its components and spare parts are no longer in production.

“The government has decided to terminate Nuri because the cost of maintaining the helicopter is getting higher, which makes it difficult for RMAF to continue its operations.

“The age factor, as well as challenges in terms of maintenance, have resulted in higher aircraft costs and longer aircraft downtime when damage occurs,” he said in a press conference after the RMAF Excellence Awards Ceremony 2020 at Subang Air Base near here, today.

He said a local open tender for helicopter rental, which was opened on Oct 15 and closed yesterday, will determine Nuri’s replacement.

Ackbal said the next process is to evaluate the tender before deciding which local company will be awarded.

Meanwhile, he said RMAF will acquire the Fighter Lead-In Trainer/ Light Combat Aircarft (FLIT/ LCA) aircraft within the next three years.

He said in line with RMAF Capability Development Plan 2055 (CAP55), the air force plans to procure 36 aircraft (FLIT/ LCA) in phases, depending on the government’s approval.

“RMAF needs the FLIT/ LCA as this dual-function single platform aircraft has a balanced capability in performing the roles of providing fighter pilot training and for various operational missions.

“The RMAF has applied for a budget from the government for the acquisition of 18 aircraft under phase 1 through the registration of new projects in 2021, and applications for Phase 2 acquisition for another 18 aircraft in the 13th Malaysia Plan (RMK-13),” he said.



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