The Royal Malaysian Navy has flown 10,000 hours in its six Leonardo Super Lynx helicopters since taking delivery of the first utility aircraft in 2003.
The Royal Malaysian Navy took delivery of its first Super Lynx in 2003 with the other five aircraft following in 2004. The aircraft are equipped to perform a wide range of roles including anti-surface warfare, anti-submarine warfare, maritime and coastal surveillance, over the horizon targeting and a number of secondary roles.
“The arrival of the Super Lynx helicopters gave the Royal Malaysian Navy a massive increase in capability, in fact at the time they were the most advanced and capable naval helicopters in their weight class worldwide,” Lorenzo Pariani, Leonardo’s head of region for southeast Asia, said at the ceremony. “It is testament to the professionalism of the Royal Malaysian Navy that they have now reached 10,000 flying hours whilst protecting Malaysia’s national interests and supporting international maritime security operations. We look forward to continuing our long and successful collaboration with the Royal Malaysian Navy.”
The introduction of the Super Lynx into Royal Malaysian Navy service greatly enhanced its maritime capabilities and the aircraft have now participated in more than 100 national and multi-national exercises. The aircraft have made a significant contribution to anti-piracy operations in the Straits of Malacca, South China Sea and the Gulf of Aden, as well as protecting the East coast of Sabah against intruders.
The Royal Malaysian Navy were the first customer for the Super Lynx with the new more powerful CTS800 engines, which have equipped all subsequent Super Lynx customer’s aircraft and now power the new generation AW159 multi-role maritime helicopter.
Leonardo continues to expand its presence in Malaysia with a program of investment centered on its regional maintenance and support center at Kuala Lumpur's Subang-Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport. More than 60 Leonardo helicopters are in service with the Malaysian Armed Forces, Fire & Rescue Department (Bomba), Royal Malaysia Police, Maritime Malaysia and commercial and private owners.
In addition to the Super Lynx helicopters, Leonardo has also supplied the Royal Malaysian Navy with naval guns, light torpedoes and heavy "Black Shark” torpedoes.
Supporting the monitoring of the whole of Malaysia’s airspace for both civil and defense applications, Leonardo has provided its RAT31DL for air defense and has delivered air traffic management solutions for Langkawi and Kuala Lumpur International Airports. This year Leonardo completed the upgrade of the new air traffic control center at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).