Military

Malaysia Wants S-61 Replacements in 2009

By Jim McKenna | October 29, 2007

Search and Rescue, Utility

Malaysia’s defense ministry wants the first replacements for its aging Nuri helicopters delivered in two years. The air force deputy chief, Lt. Gen. Datuk Bashir Abu Bakar, told TheEdgeDaily financial news site, the armed forces need 48 aircraft, with the first batch of 12 to be delivered by the end of 2009. Malaysia plans an international competition for the aircraft. He said the air force submitted specifications for the new aircraft in mid-September, with the expectation of a recommendation on a winner in early 2008. The Nuri is Malaysia’s name for the Sikorsky Aircraft S-61 Sea King, which have been flying there since 1968 for logistics support and search and rescue operations. For related news

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