RMAF Future; need opinions

STURM

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A A400M has just returned from Spain where it underwent various upgrades.

An Airbus press release had this to say -

''In operation with the RMAF since 2015, the A400M has already changed the customer’s airlift operative, playing a key role in all mission types, including cargo and personnel transport, humanitarian and disaster relief missions, transport of heavy equipment, support to the national strategy in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic, medical transport, as well as air-to-air refuelling operations. The RMAF became the programme’s first export customer and is the first A400M operator in the Asia-Pacific region. With more than 10,000 flight hours achieved by its fleet, the RMAF is also the A400M fleet leader, having the aircraft with more flight hours and flight cycles accumulated among the A400M customers. As fleet leader, the RMAF fleet provides a valuable reference for all existing A400M customers and Airbus.''
 

Sandhi Yudha

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A A400M has just returned from Spain where it underwent various upgrades.

An Airbus press release had this to say -

''In operation with the RMAF since 2015, the A400M has already changed the customer’s airlift operative, playing a key role in all mission types, including cargo and personnel transport, humanitarian and disaster relief missions, transport of heavy equipment, support to the national strategy in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic, medical transport, as well as air-to-air refuelling operations. The RMAF became the programme’s first export customer and is the first A400M operator in the Asia-Pacific region. With more than 10,000 flight hours achieved by its fleet, the RMAF is also the A400M fleet leader, having the aircraft with more flight hours and flight cycles accumulated among the A400M customers. As fleet leader, the RMAF fleet provides a valuable reference for all existing A400M customers and Airbus.''
Thank you for sharing.
What are actually these upgrades?
Does TUDM often uses the A400M for inflight refuing operations, and only for Hawk Mk.208 and F-18C/D or also for the Su-30MKM?
 

STURM

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AAR with all the fighter types you mentioned were first conducted 2-3 years ago and have been performed since on a number of occasions during exercises.

The upgrades I believe were software upgrades and for para drops and low level flying. This leaves 3 more aircraft which have to go to Spain to be upgraded.
 

Sandhi Yudha

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Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) is inviting Malaysia for joint production on several military aircraft programs: the Hürjet advanced jet trainer and light attack aircraft and Anka medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). TAI is even offering Malaysia partner status on the company's programme to develop the Turkish Fighter Experimental (TF-X)/National Combat Aircraft (MMU).

TAI is also offering Malaysia the opportunity to produce components for the company's T625 Gökbey utility helicopter. TAI will commence deliveries of this helicopter to the Turkish Armed Forces in 2023, but the platform is also being offered to export customers.


 
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STURM

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The problem has never been companies willing to form strategic partnerships in the hop they lead to long term mutually beneficial results. The problem is a Malaysian political leadership which has traditionally been reluctant to make adequate investments towards defence.
 

Sandhi Yudha

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The South-Korean LIG Nex1 announced a proposal to Malaysia to offer the KAI FA-50 with a new radar and electronic warfare system to sweeten the deal to sell the light fighter to the South East Asia nation. The company has a mechanical scan radar advertised for the FA-50 on its website. It has a range of 80nm (148 km) against fighter targets.

I wonder if this new radar can be simply retrofitted to current T-50 trainers already in operation. It has the same range as the General Electric AN/APG-67, but is probably much more advanced.

 
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STURM

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I wonder if the EW suite offered for the F/A-50 is a derivative of this.


From what I've heard the RMN expressed a need for certain stuff which was not offered with the type when it took part in the tender; i.e. attack/nav pod; radar [the Israeli one is verboten], improved EW, etc.
 
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Sandhi Yudha

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I wonder if the EW suite offered for the F/A-50 is a derivative of this.


From what I've heard the RMN expressed a need for certain stuff which was not offered with the type when it took part in the tender; i.e. attack/nav pod; radar [the Israeli one is verboten], improved EW, etc.
It can be this one. The LIG Nex1 ALQ-200, it was developed for the KF-16.

Maybe with the knowledge and experience of developing and building this product, they could build the electronic warfare (EW) self-protection system for the KF-X.
 
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Sandhi Yudha

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The Royal Malaysian Air Force (TUDM) has received its first CN-235-220M (number M44-05) medium tactical transport aircraft that was converted as a Maritime Surveillance Aircraft (MSA).

The Royal Malaysian Air Force intend to convert two (2) of the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) IPTN CN-235 transport aircraft into Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA). The RMAF’s No 1 Squadron currently has seven (7) CN-235M-220 used for air transport roles, which has been in service since 1998. The Royal Malaysian Air Force has an impending program to conduct service-life extension program for the CN-235 fleet with IPTN starting late this year, and the upgrade of two units into MPAs will be included in the contract.

 

STURM

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The RMAF’s No 1 Squadron currently has seven (7) CN-235M-220 used for air transport roles, which has been in service since 1998.
6 were ordered as tactical transports to replace the Caribou. A pair were later ordered for VIP transport; operated by the RMAF [not 21 Squadron though but by another squadron] but owned and paid for by the PM's Department. One of the pair of VIP CN-235s was lost in a mishap and recently the surviving example was handed over to the RMAF to be operated by 1 Squadron. Previously it was 21 Squadron which operated the type until being redesignated.
 

Sandhi Yudha

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6 were ordered as tactical transports to replace the Caribou. A pair were later ordered for VIP transport; operated by the RMAF [not 21 Squadron though but by another squadron] but owned and paid for by the PM's Department. One of the pair of VIP CN-235s was lost in a mishap and recently the surviving example was handed over to the RMAF to be operated by 1 Squadron. Previously it was 21 Squadron which operated the type until being redesignated.
Thank you for the explanation.

According to the Twitter post of IPTN, not 2 but 3 CN235-220s will be converted into MPA/MSA version.
The next two will be delivered in Juli and September 2022.
 
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