Malaysian fighter aircraft maintenance firm Aerospace Technology Systems Corp. Sdn Bhd (ATSC) has successfully completed the ‘Preventive and Restoration Works (PRW)’ for 10 years calendar inspection of a Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) Sukhoi SU-30 MKM fighter jet, marking a major indigenous success for the Malaysian aerospace industry.
While the upgrade of a single SU-30 MKM in Russia would have cost Malaysia USD28 million, the work was performed by ATSC at a cost of only USD11 million.
The first overhauled SU-30 MKM Serial No. M52-11 was received by the RMAF on the inaugural day of LIMA 2019. ASTC has also completed Service Life Extension (SLE) programme for two more SU-30 MKMs. The remaining 15 SU-30 MKM aircraft in the RMAF fleet will also be upgraded in a phased manner.
The maintenance work on the aircraft was completed two weeks ago and will be a major boost to the RMAF’s quest to keep a greater proportion of its fighter assets operationally serviceable.
“This achievement has developed in-country capabilities which indirectly sparked ‘Merdeka’ mentality by having significant access on technical know-how, courage and inspiration. Also, becoming less dependent to the OEMs. This continuous effort is in line with government aspiration to develop local expertise and resource. It is part of my sole responsibilities to ensure ownership and operating cost are very much low throughout this 10-year calendar inspection….,” said Lt Col Dato’ Mohd Fadzar bin Suhada RMAF (Rtd), who heads the ATSC.
ATSC is now looking to perform similar maintenance work on three more SU-30 MKMs. “It is now proposed to undertake a 2nd phase to replace obsolescent components and line replaceable units (LRU) and a more comprehensive 3rd phase to upgrade the capabilities of the SU-30 MKM and we have shared our plans with the RMAF and Government,” Dato’ Edron Hayata Ahmad, MD ATSC tells Daily News.
At present the RMAF has 10 out of its 18 SU-30 MKMs operational. A team of 30 ATSC professionals of Malaysian origin were involved in the maintenance work, which basically focussed on the structural aspects of the SU-30 MKM.
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