Malaysia Signs FA-50 Contract

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Malaysia Signs FA-50 Contract
Malaysia signed a contract with Korean Aerospace Industries at LIMA to acquire 18 FA-50 with a USD920 million deal and 18 more to come.

The Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace (LIMA) Exhibition 2023 in Malaysia witnessed one of Malaysia’s most critical acquisition decisions. Last February, KAI and the Malaysian Defence Ministry signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to procure 18 FA-50 Block 20 light fighter aircraft, eliminating Turkish Aerospace’s Hürjet offer. The FA-50 Block 20 is the latest variant of the FA-50 aircraft as it will be equipped with the Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) “PhantomStrike” radar developed by Raytheon. Poland has also chosen the FA-50 Block 20 variant.

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The aircraft offered to Malaysia will also have “Link 16 Block Upgrade 2” and the Air-To-Air Refuelling Probe (AAR Probe) facility. The aircraft will have the ability to integrate Lockheed Martin’s Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod (ATP), GBU-12 Paveway II laser-guided bombs, 500 lb GBU-38 Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAM), and the AGM-65 Maverick missile.
KAI has also said that RMAF’s order of 18 FA-50 aircraft will be followed by a second order of an additional 18 aircraft.

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