The 18 units of Sukhoi SU-30MKM for Malaysia were modified from the Sukhoi SU-30MKI and SU-30MKshown here.
Recently, Opposition Leader Lim Kit Siang raised a question in Parliament over the USD 100 million commission paid to Perimekar, a company said to be owned by Abdul Razak Baginda. The commission was paid by Amaris, a JV company owned by the French and Spanish submarine builders.Malaysian taxpayers have paid more than RM4 billion to purchase 3 submarines from Amaris.
The question asked by some Malaysians was whether we really need these submarines in the first place?
Same questions could be asked on the purchase of 18 Sukhois at USD 900 million, the new RM400 million Istana Negara, the second Penang bridge, the RM300 million annual Monsoon Cup and many other mega projects initiated by PM Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.
I am reproducing an old article written in 2003 on the subject of Sukhoi here to refresh our memory…
Media statement by Ronnie Liu Tian Khiew, DAP national publicity secretary on Wednesday, 29 October 2003 in Petaling JayaNajib has put the cost of astronaut program at only RM95 million. But is he telling the truth? Malaysia plans to put its first person into space by 2005 aboard a Russian spacecraft as part of a defense deal it struck with Moscow earlier this year. Defense Minister Najib Razak said two Malaysians would be picked by Russian experts to undergo training with that country’s space program starting in 2004.
The better of the two trainees would eventually join two Russian cosmonauts on a Soyuz rocket that would rendezvous with the international space station. Malaysian participation in the Russian program was part of a US$900 million deal for
Malaysia to buy 18 Russian-made Sukhoi SU-30 MKM fighter jets, which was signed during a visit in May 2003 by Russian President Vladimir Putin. According to Alexey Fedorov, president of Irkut Corporation, the manufacturers of SU series of aircraft, Russia and India will work together to produce the jet fighters for Malaysia.The Sukhoi SU-30 MKM that has been offered to Malaysia is not yet in service anywhere in the world. It is a derivative of the SU-30 MKI which has been offered to
India. It is supposed to have components from Israel, Europe, Russia and
It is learnt that Malaysia wants the Israeli component to be replaced and other new components added. As a result, each will now cost US10 million more than the original price of about US40 million. The cost of buying 18 Sukhoi SU-30 MKM jet fighters is now fixed at US900 million. This works out to US 50 million each. In other words, Malaysian taxpayers have to pay about US 180 million or RM 684 million in extra (1
US $=3.8 RM) for the 18 jet fighters.It is therefore questionable for Najib to claim that the astronaut program only cost Malaysia RM95 million. He needs to give Malaysians a more convincing story.
The wisdom of buying the untested jet fighters is also questionable. This type of jet fighters will not be inducted into the Russian Air Force and as the number ordered by Malaysia is limited, Malaysia is expected to face problems of getting spare parts.At the end of the day, is sending a “tumpanaut” to the space with the help of the Russian spaceship a priority for Malaysia?/ Ronnie Liu Tian Khiew
Read on if you have time… Wanted:
Malaysia seeks cosmonautFriday, October 17, 2003 Posted: 1417 GMT (10:17 PM HKT)
The lucky applicant will travel to the International Space Station aboard a Soyuz spacecraft like the one above.
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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — As China counted down to the launch of its first manned space mission, Malaysia on Tuesday invited applications for the job of cosmonaut.
The small Southeast Asian country plans to put its first person into space by 2005 aboard a Russian spacecraft as part of a defense deal it struck with Moscow earlier this year. Defense Minister Najib Razak said two Malaysians would be picked by Russian experts to undergo training with that country’s space program starting in 2004, the Bernama national news agency reported.
The best of the two trainees would eventually join two Russian cosmonauts on a Soyuz rocket that would rendezvous with the international space station, Najib said. “We will select anyone, irrespective of gender, who fits the bill,” Najib was quoted as saying in the New Straits Times newspaper. “We hope the space program will spur more Malaysians to pursue a career in space studies and encourage local scientific and space industries.”
Malaysian participation in the Russian program was part of a US$900 million deal for
Malaysia to buy 18 Russian-made Sukhoi Su-30 MKM fighter jets, which was signed during a visit in May by Russian President Vladimir Putin. India, Russia to make fighter variant for
By Sandeep Dikshit
NEW DELHI APRIL 20. In a move of far-reaching consequence, India and Russia will work together to produce a variant of the state-of-the art Su-30 MK `I’ fighter jet for
With India set to manufacture 140 SU-30 MK `I’ aircraft in India under Russian licence, the acquisition of similar aircraft by Malaysia can affect the region’s security balance. The presence of Su-30 jets by India and Malaysia can to some extent neutralise the Chinese numerical lead in fighter aircraft in the region.China has a large fleet of the less superior Su-27 fighter jets and is expected to acquire a Su-30 variant by 2005. According to Alexey Fedorov, president of Irkut Corporation, the manufacturers of Su series of aircraft, his company is well disposed towards the Indian strategy of mastering the full cycle of the creation of an aircraft, right from research and production to upgrades. Mr. Fedorov’s observations have aroused much interest here, especially in view of his visit to India next week to participate in a seminar on the new challenges and opportunities in Indian and Russian defence industries.
Irkut is refashioning itself because of the global trend towards consolidations. Today, the trend is to form four or five aerospace corporations on a global scale, which will tend to divide among themselves the major markets of military and civil aviation equipment.
India figures prominently in this strategy. According to Mr. Fedorov, Irkut, engaged in many countries of South-East Asia and the Asian Pacific region, is already feeling the synergetic effect of the Russian-Indian interaction. “I mean our participation in the Malaysian tender,” he underlined, adding that the Su-30 MKM offered to Malaysia is basically a derivative of Su-30 MKI. “The positive mood of Malaysia with regard to Su-30 MKM aircraft in many respects stems from the successful implementation of the MKI project and the practical result achieved by the Russian and Indian participants in the project.”
During the course of talks held with Malaysian officials, Irkut was busy exploring the possibility of setting up a regional centre for integrated logistical support for Su-30 MKI in India. The Sukhoi chief was confident that in future Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) will be active in cooperating with the Malaysian Air Force in providing their Sukhoi fleet with spares and technical service. “Convergence and mutual interpenetration of Russian and Indian high-tech complexes must follow the chosen logic of further augmentation and expansion of cooperation between the leading aircraft manufacturing corporations. Indo-Russia pact to sell Sukhois to Malaysia
PTI[ SATURDAY, APRIL 20, 2002 05:15:52 PM ] NEW DELHI: Russia wants India to participate in the development of Sukhoi aircraft for the Royal Malaysian Air Force as the fighter jet sought by Kuala Lumpur would be a derivative of SU-30 MKI, which are being operated by the Indian Air Force. Russia‘s Irkut Corporation, which has signed an MoU with Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) for licensed manufacture of 140 SU-30 MKI aircraft in India, has sought HAL’s cooperation in the process of cornering international market for this aircraft, according to Alexey Fedorov, president of the Corporation.
The Irkut company, which is already in talks with the Malaysian airforce on the issue, has suggested that a “regional centre for integrated logistical support” for SU-30 MKI fighter jets be set up in India. The Sukhoi chief, who will arrive in India early next week to participate in a seminar on Indo-Russian military industrial cooperation, recently said in Moscow “there is no doubt that in future HAL will be active to cooperate with the Royal Malaysian Air Force to provide their fleet of Sukhoi aircraft with spares and technical service”.
Stating that SU-30 MKM offered to Malaysia was basically a derivative of SU-30 MKI, Fedorov said “the positive mood of Malaysia with regard to SU-30 MKM aircraft in many respects stems from the successful implementation of the MKI project and the practical result achieved by the Russian and Indian participants in the project”. The Sukhoi chief, who was speaking to an Indian delegation in Moscow last week, also said that the Russian company was “very busy exploring possibilities” for Malaysia to use the regional centre of integrated logistical support for SU-30 MKI aircraft “which is to be set up in India”.
He told the high-level Indian team that the only way out was to form “a joint Russian-Indian aircraft manufacturing sector capable of preserving its independence by way of consolidating efforts and funds in the face of transatlantic domination”. “Convergence and mutual interpenetration of Russian and Indian high-tech complexes must follow the chosen logic of further augmentation and expansion of cooperation between the leading aircraft manufacturing coroporations” of the two nations, Fedorov added.
He also referred to the joint implementation of the largest project for production of 165 MiG-27 ML fighter bombers, called ‘Bahadur’, at HAL facilities. These aircraft now form the basis of the IAF’s striking force.