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BAE to offer Eurofighter lease to Malaysia

written by australianaviation.com.au | February 23, 2014
BAE will propose a lease deal to Malaysia for 18 Typhoon fighters. (Eurofighter-Dan Kemsley)
BAE will propose a lease deal to Malaysia for 18 Typhoon fighters. (Eurofighter-Dan Kemsley)

BAE Systems is looking to propose a lease deal for Eurofighter Typhoons to Malaysia as that country seeks to replace its ageing MiG-29s.

Malaysia has a requirement for 18 new fighters to replace the MiG-29Ns, and is also looking at vastly divergent types such as the Saab Gripen, Dassault Rafale, Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, and additional Sukhoi Su-30s.

“The Malaysian government is openly saying they have some issues on finance, and while they’re ending subsidies and bringing in new value added tax, it’s unlikely there’s an appetite to buy Typhoon at this point,” BAE’s Group Business Development Director Alan Garwood told Reuters on February 20. “What they have done is solicit leasing proposals from every major aerospace company. We will be submitting a leasing proposal next month for Typhoon together with a purchase option and expect to have further discussions later in the year or maybe even early next year around that.”

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3 Comments

  • Dee

    says:

    Far to many differing air-frames for such a small Air Force, much better to equip with a single all purpose aircraft such as the F/A-18E/F or perhaps the Su-30 for their territorial needs.

    • australianaviation.com.au

      says:

      That’s the reality of being an non-aligned nation Dee, you can’t put all your eggs in one basket.
      Cheers
      Andrew

  • Allan

    says:

    Malaysia operating Typhoons, That really would make the annual five power defence exercise an interesting outing for the RAAF with both the Royal Air Force and possibly Malaysia using the same aircraft. One has to wonder would the Malaysian Typhoons be sans cannons or will they be similar to the other operators with internal cannon? Just a thought.

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