Malaysia is strengthening its military air ties with China and has sought the assistance of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) in maintenance and logistics support for Malaysia’s fleet of Sukhoi SU-30 fighter jets.
Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) chief Jeneral Datuk Seri Rodzali
Daud said Malaysia was also looking into acquiring some Chinese military
“China had risen to become the superpower of the region and is
advanced in its technology as well and our relationship with China is
getting better and better,” Jen Rodzali told Bernama Friday.
“They can help us in many areas, like for parts
and maintenance of the SU-30. In fact, Malaysia is also looking into
some of the Chinese military products.”
The RMAF has 18 Russian made SU-30 fighter jets while China also has
large numbers of Russian made fighter jets including the Sukhoi SU-30.
Jen Rodzali was among the air force chiefs from 34 countries invited
for a two-day international forum starting today in conjunction with the
PLA Air Force (PLAF) 60th anniversary.
He met his Chinese counterpart, General Xu Qiliang, at the PLAF headquarters on Thursday night.
Jen Rodzali said the RMAF would strengthen cooperation with the PLAF
and in the past had participated in the exchange of personnel and
regional security information.
At least six Malaysian military personnel were attached to China’s
Defence University and Staff College and China has agreed to send its
first student to the Malaysia Defence College next year.
The RMAF delegation will attend a PLAF Air Show and Air Force
equipment exhibition at Shahe Airfield near here on Saturday before
visiting the PLAF Museum on Sunday.
The group will also visit Jining Airfield in eastern Shandong
province on Monday to witness an exhibition of China-made fighter jets
before returning to Kuala Lumpur.