Govt to look into compatibility of new fighter jets, says Mat Sabu

The Russian Sukhoi SU-30MKM Flankers are used by the Malaysian Air Force.

KLANG: The proposal to replace the Sukhoi Russian fighter jets of the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) with the new version fighter jets depends on the financial position of the country.

Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu said the proposal is still at the study stage.

“The defence assets of the country are already outdated and have to be replaced.

“Nonetheless, we will check the compatibility (to replace the existing fighter jets with the new version.” he said after flagging off 12,000 participants of the “Run For Peace 2019″organised by Soka Gakkai Malaysia here today.

On Thursday, Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad was reported as saying that Malaysia was very cautious about spending too much on replacing two types of Russian-made jet fighters with its new version.

Mahathir also said using too much money to buy fighter jets would not be productive to Malaysia as the country does not want war with any party.

When asked about investigations into the death of a commando who was shot dead during a live demonstration at Lok Kawi Camp in Sabah on Wednesday, Mohamad said it was still ongoing and he was confident it would not take too long.

“It was an accident. The probe will take a short while.”

In the incident, Major Mohd Zahir Armaya, 36, a commando from the 11th Regiment special unit was shot dead.