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India top contender for Malaysian light combat aircraft order MPNRC

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India’s indigenous Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas (Photo: PTI)

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New Delhi: India is one of the top contenders for the deal to provide light combat aircraft to Malaysia. The package deal will also include maintenance and parts for Malaysia’s Su 30 fighter jets. The Economic Times informed of.

India’s financial package offered Malaysia its Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA), along with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL)’s vast spare reserve and technical expertise to keep the Russian-made Su-30 jets airworthy. Malaysia has 18 Su 30 MKM fighters, not much different from the MKI version in service with the Indian Air Force (IAF).

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India has an advantage over other contenders, mainly South Korea and China, as they do not have backend contracts with Russian manufacturers to work on Sukhoi fighters.

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A final decision may be possible using the government-to-government route after extensive discussions on the dual package. Western sanctions on Russia have affected many countries, including Malaysia, and have made it challenging to buy spare parts and other supplies for old military equipment.

The Indian LCA has emerged as a major contender due to its low acquisition cost and strong technical rating in Malaysian Air Force’s search for 18 new light fighter jets. With a contemporary AESA radar, improved avionics, and the ability to combine a variety of air-to-air and air-to-ground weapons, India is offering the LCA Mk 1A variant. Orders have recently been placed by the Indian Air Force and Navy for indigenous Astra air-to-air missiles with a range greater than the optical range.

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