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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) which operates 18 Sukhoi Su-30MKM in its fleet continues to face maintenance issues due to lack of spare parts leading to the poor serviceability of this aircraft said Malaysia’s Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu in the Parliament.

RMAF at any given point of time can only keep 4 MKM operational while other 14 are either under repair or waiting for spares. Hindustan Aeronautics Limited already lists RMAF as one of its customers and supplies components of airframes and some electronics are sourced also from Indian companies but other spares related to the aircraft is still sourced from IRKUT aircraft corporation of Russia which builds this aircraft.

According to Malaysian Media reports, Certain spares under contractual obligation needs to be procured from Russia only and Malaysia will try to work out a deal so that same can be procured from elsewhere.

Indian Air Force Team in past have trained Royal Malaysian Air Force engineers and technicians to service Sukhoi Su-30MKM aircraft and had also imparted Pilot training initially leading to several deputations of Indian crew in Malaysia after induction of the jets. It is not clear what kind of Help RMAF might want from India this time but issues related to Sukhoi Su-30MKM aircraft will be conveyed in closed-door meetings.

Su-30MKM is Export version of IAF’s Su-30MKI developed by Russia for its Export customers and is near identical in terms of features and avionics only missing Israeli Avionics which are replaced by French ones. Indian operates over 200+ Su-30MKI which also suffered from lack of spare issues but till now has managed to maintain 65% availability across the fleet.

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