Kuwait Denies Selling Hornets to Malaysia

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Kuwait Denies Selling Hornets to Malaysia
Kuwait's Army General Staff Headquarters has denied media reports that the country will sell McDonnell Douglas (Today Boeing) F/A-18 C/D Hornet fighter planes to Malaysia. The statement requests that the sale be postponed until an official declaration. The sale will be announced directly by the Committee for the Disposal of Assets if it occurs.

It also stated that the sale of Hornets is subject to US government approval.

Malaysia purchased 33-second hand F/A-18 C/D Hornet combat aircraft from the Kuwaiti Air Force, according to media and social networking sites.

The Army's General Staff stated on its official social media sites denying Malaysia access to the F/A-18 C/D aircraft it owns.

According to the statement, recent media and social networking site reports about the Royal Malaysian Air Force's negotiations with the Kuwaiti Ministry of Defence are completely false.

It should be noted that any negotiation procedures for the sale of any equipment owned by the Ministry of Defence will be announced directly and will take place through the Ministry of Defence's Committee for the Disposal of Assets Outside the Scope of Use. This is done in collaboration with the Ministry of Finance, after the approval of the country that manufactured the equipment and the contract terms, and in accordance with the frameworks, laws, and control systems in place.

Speaking during a question-and-answer session in Malaysia’s parliament, the country’s deputy defence minister Ikmal Hisham Abdul Aziz said they are seeking to purchase the Kuwaiti Air Force’s fleet of 33 jets “lock, stock and barrel.”

Malaysia currently operates a fleet of eight F/A-18D twin-seat fighters alongside 18 Russian-built Sukhoi Su-30MKM Flanker-H jets.

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