f2000 said:with limited number,rmaf has overuse hawk in order to support their training modul.they need to support migs n hornet n soon su-30. rmaf have burden hawk 4 this role.
You are both right. There are too few trainers available to RMAF. 20 or about 2 squadrons worth is the number of trainers that the RMAF needs. This figure doesn't even include the operational Hawk squadrons.alexz said:To acheive a similar LIFT to fighter ratio of Australia, Malaysia needs about 20 LIFT aircrafts. So Malaysia needs at least 12 more LIFT's, most preferably additional Hawk's. South Korea has about 16 surviving Hawk Mk68's (hawk Mk60 with Hawk 100 wings and nose) thats probably will be replaced by the ingenious Golden Eagle soon. Maybe Malaysia could purchase the seconhand hawks from south korea and upgrade it to near Mk108 standards for a cost effective solution?
With regards to the ROKAF's Hawks, I can't see the RMAF opting for such a purchase. There is a precedent in the RNZAF's offer of its 17 Aermacchis when these were being phased out. It was accepted at first but subsequently cancelled. The principal reason cited was the high operating cost of the 2nd hand aircraft. BTW, the RMAF still operates about 7-8 of these aircraft type.
Agree with you 100% on this. A Hawk Mk 128 purchase would streamline the RMAF's trainer and 2nd tier aircraft fleet while still allowing for a measured increase in technology levels. Plus, we would have some commonality with the RAAF. We would additionally have the opportunity to learn from the IAF since they are also combining the Hawk and Sukhoi into their force structure.Aussie Digger said:It is a trainer for RAAF, but could be used for "point defence" and light strike missions if necessary. Our Hawk Mk 127's are fitted with an in-flight refuelling probe (when required) and wingtip rails for air to air missiles. They are also wired to carry a 30mm cannon and Mk 82 500lbs bombs when required.
It was a version designed to match the F/A-18 as closely as possible, but that was at the specific request of RAAF. Hawk Mk 128 is the current spec trainer available and is little different from Mk 127 (more powerful engine, updated avionics etc).
As such I think it would be the best aircraft to provide an advanced trainer/light strike fighter for the RMAF.
The other aircraft types being considered by the RMAF are FD (?) version of the MB-339 and the Yak-130. If the RMAF chose either of these than it would either have to fund additional purchases to streamline the fleet or continue with a mish mash of aircraft types. This would be like fighting with your fingers. Rationalise the fleet and you raise the efficiency and proficiency levels across the board. Only then will your fingers clench into a fist.