LANGKAWI: The Royal Malaysian Air Force is considering buying Boeing F/A-18E Super Hornet fighter planes as part of its move to beef up the nation’s air defence capabilities.
This was revealed here yesterday by RMAF chief Jen Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad, who said the Super Hornets were far superior to the present batch of F/A-18D Hornet fighter jets based in Butterworth.
“We have a responsibility to marshal our air defence, so we are looking at the Super Hornets,” he added, saying that Super Hornet has the capability to hold 30% more ordinance than the F/A-18D.
There are two versions of the Super Hornets, the F/A-18E which is a single-seater jet and the F/A-18F (which is among the aircraft at Lima 2003) a twin-seater.
The Super Hornet is a long-range, all-weather strike fighter, fully capable of conducting air-to-air and air-to-ground combat missions. Its most recent combat action was during the Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts.
The aircraft is exclusively used by the US Navy and Marines and if Malaysia decides to buy either version of the Super Hornet, it will become the first country outside the US to have the aircraft.
Abdullah later received a courtesy call from US Navy Deputy Assistant Secretary (International Programme) Rear Admiral Mark Milliken at the RMAF suite in the Mahsuri International Exhibition Hall here.
Triple Seven From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 530 posts, RR: 1
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The RMAF F/A-18Ds will likely be traded in for the Super 'Bug'. RMAF is always full of surprises. Originally it was either the Su-30 or the Super Bug. Now both will be ordered! The RMAF will have too many types of aircrafts in two to three years from now. MiG-29N, Hawk-108/208, F/A-18E/F, Su-30MKM, F-5E+ Tiger III, and MB-339AM/C. Talk about logistical headache.