Swiss aircraft manufacturer Pilatus will deliver the five PC-7 Mark II aircraft ordered by the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF/TUDM) at the end of 2016, sources in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur confirmed on 18 May 2015.
The prop trainers will be added to the 16 PC-7 Mark IIs already operated by the Air Force’s 1 Flight Training Centre and Flight Instructor School based at Alor Setar / Sultan Abdul Halim RMAF Base. The other aircraft were purchased between 1999 and 2006, but the RMAF has a wish to replace all 32 older Mark I versions of the Swiss trainer that have served the Asian country since the 1980s.
According to Malaysian media the Tentera Udara DiRaja Malaysia will outsource the basic training of helicopter pilots to a private company that flies six Eurocopter EC120s. Much more on the Royal Malaysian Air Force you can read
in our extensive ↑ Overview: Air Forces of Malaysia.
Airbus Defence and Space on 9 March formally delivered the first of four Airbus A400M military transport ordered by the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF). The handover also marks the first delivery of an A400M to an export customer outside the original launch nations.
The aircraft was accepted at the A400M final assembly line in Seville, Spain, by a Malaysian delegation. The A400M will give the RMAF the most advanced heavy transport capability in the region and enable it to undertake an wide range of military and humanitarian operations.
Bernhard Gerwert, CEO Airbus Defence and Space, said: “We are extremely proud to deliver the first A400M to our first export customer – Malaysia. These aircraft will transform Malaysia’s air mobility force thanks to the A400M´s unique combination of strategic and tactical capabilities. Today sends a clear message that the A400M is not just a specialised aircraft designed and developed for Europe’s air forces, but is truly the new reference in tactical and strategic transport market globally – fulfilling both roles in a single machine.”
After arrival in Malaysia, the A400M will star in the LIMA airshow at Langkawi, 17-21 March.
Airbus Defence and Space on Thursday 22 January released the first picture of the very first Royal Malaysian Air Force (or Tentera Udara DiRaja Malaysia (TUDM) in Malaysian) Airbus A400M in full colours. The aircraft will be delivered in the first quarter of 2015, followed by two more later in the year and the fourth and final aircraft in 2016.
Malaysia is to be the fifth country operating the A400M. Other operators are France, Turkey, Germany and the UK. Truth is, so far all air forces seem to be using the same colour scheme for their aircraft, with the difference being the flag on the tail.