Reuters: Malaysia focusing more on getting maritime patrol aircraft than new fighters

An anonymous source within Malaysia’s Ministry of Defense told Reuters that the country has decided to put plans to buy new fighters on hold and focus on boosting its aerial surveillance capabilities instead.

Royal Malaysian Air Force MiG-29N
By Alert5 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The same person said Kuala Lumpur was looking at getting four larger aircraft to supplement its existing Beechcraft BT200T fleet.

“We looking at a commercial-based platform, which is more affordable, compared to a military specific platform,” the source added.

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