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Royal Malaysian Air Force Receives First 'Sukhoi's
MOSCOW-JAKARTA, May 24 - RIA Novosti.

The first two Sukhoi Su-30MKM Flanker multi-role fighters ordered by the Royal
Malaysian Air Force were unveiled on Thursday at the Irkutsk Aviation Plant, the
main production unit of airplane-manufacturer Irkut Corporation, said the press
service of Rosoboronexport, the main national arms exporter.

Top-level Rosoboronexport managers, the CEOs of Russian companies that helped
develop and produce the Su-30MKM, and a high-ranking delegation from the Malaysian
Defence Ministry and Air Force attended the ceremony.

Irkut Corporation President Oleg Demchenko said the Su-30MKI and Su-30MKM warplanes
meet the highest standards demanded by customers. He said the Indian, Malaysian and
other national air forces have already decided to purchase these aircraft.

The two planes be delivered to Malaysia by the transport plane An-124 Ruslan on June
17 were officially received by Royal Malaysian Air Force Chief Azizan Ariffin.

"This gives us the power of deterrence against any party that might think of
disturbing Malaysia's sovereignty and security," Azizan was quoted as telling
Malaysian journalists after witnessing a 10-minute acrobatic display of the
aircraft's' capabilities.

A spokesperson for the Rosoboronexport press service reminded the Royal Malaysian
Air Force had chosen the Su-30MKM over the United States Air Force's F-18 Super
Hornet in 2003. He said a contract for the delivery of several Su-30MKM planes had
been signed during President Vladimir Putin's official visit to Malaysia in August
2003.

Until then, the Royal Malaysian Air Force had mostly flown Western aircraft and the
Russian-made MiG-29 Fulcrum fighters, which earned an excellent reputation.

This year, the Royal Malaysian Air Force will receive most of its order of
Su-30MKMs, and the rest will be supplied in 2008, the spokesperson for the
Rosoboronexport press service said.

According to the Malaysian contract's offset clause, a service centre for Russian
aircraft will be established in Malaysia, and Moscow must also undertake to assist
Kuala Lumpur in its space programme.

The Su-30MKM (Russian acronym for Multi-role, Commercial, Malaysian) is an upgraded,
custom-made version of the well-known, super-agile Su-30MKI fighter, which was
delivered to India in large quantities in 2002-2004.

The Sukhoi Design Bureau used the Su-30MKI to develop the Su-30MKM. Both planes
feature similar airframes, up-to-date vectored-thrust engines and advanced digital
avionics.

However, the Su-30MKM has different equipment, namely, the French-made Thales
heads-up display (HUD), the Navigation Forward-Looking Infrared (NAVFLIR) system and
the LDP Damocles laser-marker container.

The plane features AVITRONICS (South Africa) laser radiation warning sensors and
systems for detecting approaching missiles, an ECM (Electronic Counter-Measures)
system, a state-of-the-art phased-array radar capable of simultaneously tracking 15
targets and directing fire at four, and an optical radar with a laser rangefinder
supplied by leading Russian companies.

The Malaysian Air Force has ordered 18 planes of this series, reports BERNAMA news
agency.

The corporation Irkut supplied 32 planes Su-30 MKI to India in 2002-04.

At present, the Indian aircraft corporation HAL is manufacturing these planes under
Russia's license.

The successful experience in the use of Su-30 MKI in India has largely prompted
Malaysia's decision to buy these planes, believes BERNAMA.

Apart from Malaysia, the plane of the Su-30 family will be exported to Algeria and
Venezuela. -0-

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