Russia has offered to take back 28 Sukhoi Su-30MKM and MIG-29 fighter jets of the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF), if Malaysia is ready to replace them with a new aircraft models.
The offer was made by Russian President Vladimir Putin, in a meeting with Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohammad on Thursday.
Russia also offered new replacement and repair services if Malaysia decides to maintain the old aircrafts.
Malaysian Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah said talks had been touched on as the two leaders held bilateral talks on Thursday.
Abdullah said Dr Mahathir had told Putin the government would consider the two Russian deals.
The meeting was held outside the Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) 2019. It is the first time; Malaysia is attending the forum.
Speaking to the media shortly after Dr Mahathir left for Kyoto, Japan on Friday night, Saifuddin said at the meeting Malaysia had also clarified issues related to palm oil, particularly boycotts by several EU countries.
“President Putin also assured that he would consider increasing Malaysia’s palm oil purchases,” Abdullah said.
During the meeting, Dr Mahathir supported a Russian organization’s proposal to establish an aerospace university in Malaysia.
Saifuddin said that so far, no decision had been made, but the government was ready to facilitate the negotiations.
It is understood that the proposal was made by a private organization to the government during this year’s Langkawi Air and Maritime Exhibition (LIMA).
The Sukhoi Su-30MKM is a super maneuverable fighter of the Royal Malaysian Air Force. It is a variant of the Su-30 series fighters, with many significant improvements over the original Su-30MK export version.
The Sukhoi Su-30MKM was developed by the Sukhoi Design Bureau and is based on the Su-30MKI of the Indian Air Force.