Military Capabilities

Malaysia looking into joint production of defence equipment with Turkey

15 January 2020

Turkey has officially offered Malaysia the opportunity to collaborate in the development and production of both a next-generation fighter and an advanced jet trainer/light attack aircraft following Ankara’s removal from the US-led F-35 Joint Strike Fighter programme.

The proposals are related to state-owned Turkish Aerospace’s indigenous fighter and jet trainer programmes, the TF-X and Hürjet respectively, according to Malaysian government officials.

The TF-X could address the Royal Malaysian Air Force’s (RMAF’s) future requirement for replacement fighters: an effort that will begin in 2030, with a procurement decision expected to be made in 2035. The selected fighter is expected to gradually replace the service’s current fleets of Sukhoi Su-30MKM and Boeing F/A-18D Hornet aircraft.

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