KUALA LUMPUR, April 15 – Malaysia has still not decided on replacing the Royal Malaysian Air Force’s (RMAF) Russian-made MiG-29 for the time being. Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said this was because Malaysia must strengthen its defence industry on par with other Asean nations which have more advanced technologies. “Our focus now is to stress on the national defence industry. Defence Services Asia 2014 proves that Malaysia is still a very strategic location and we can benefit from it. This is a win-win situation,” he told a media conference at the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) here, Tuesday. Hishamuddin said this when asked to comment on whether the Malaysian government has decided to buy new aircraft to replace the ageing ones in RMAF. In March last year, Malaysia shortlisted five fighter jets, namely, Eurofighter Typhoon made by the European consortium comprising BAE Systems, EADS and Finmeccanica; Dassault Aviation Rafale from France; Boeing’s F/A 18E/F Super Hornet; Russian-made Sukhoi Su-30 and the Swedish-made SAAB JAS-39 Gripen.

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