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Malaysia purchases Turkish helicopters

At least 12 aircraft to be allocated to the military air force

The Malaysian government will soon finalize the acquisition of 12 Turkish-made military helicopters. These aircraft will be destined for the Royal Malaysia Air Force (RMAF), that is the Air Force. This is an initiative with which Kuala Lumpur aims to modernize its fleets, an objective for which it has allocated 4.17 billion dollars in the 2024 fiscal year.

Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim made the announcement at the end of September when he said that his country was considering the acquisition of remotely piloted aircraft and helicopters manufactured by the Turkish company Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI). After some inter-ministerial talks between the governments of the two countries, we moved on to the next phase: the finalization of the agreement.

Malaysia had recently signed an agreement with South Korea for the purchase of 18 T-50 "Golden Eagle" fighter planes, developed by the manufacturer Korea Aerospace Industries (Kai) in collaboration with the US Lockheed Martin, put on the market in 2005. Aircraft on which Kuala Lumpur bet, preferring it to the Indian Hal "Tejas" fighter and the Chinese Cac JF-17.

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