Russia, Malaysia Set the Sights on Jointly Developing Military Hardware

17.04.2016(updated 10:22 17.04.2016)

Malaysia aims at boosting bilateral weapons development with Russia, Malaysian Defense Minister Hishamuddin Hussein said Sunday.

KUALA LUMPUR (Sputnik) — Joint efforts at military research between Russia and Malaysia should enter a new era, Defense Minister of Malaysia Hishamuddin Hussein said Sunday.

“Russia has a long history of cooperation with Malaysia. We have Russian MiG and Sukhoi fighter jets. But I think we have to look to the future, to a new era of military-technical cooperation with Russia,” Hussein told RIA Novosti.

He added that the joint development of new military technology by the states would require mutual efforts, including from the Russian Defense Ministry.

On Thursday, Russian state arms exporter Rosoboronexport said in a press release that Russian military equipment is in high demand on the Malaysian market.

A united delegation of Rosoboronexport and its parent company, Russian state technology corporation Rostec, will be attending the 15th Defense Services Asia Exhibition and Conference on April 18-21 in Malaysia’s capital Kuala Lumpur. The Rosoboronexport delegation will demonstrate the Mi-171Sh helicopter, the T-90MS tank, the BTR-82A armored vehicle, and the Pantsir-S1 air defense system to Moscow’s Malaysian partners.

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Thailand needs to follow up on the talks with Russia before we lose it to Malaysia as Thailand would need a larger number of tanks than Malaysia!  Honor the OPLOT contract for 49 tanks and reconsider other options as Ukraine is in a mess and won’t recover anytime soon it is becoming a failed state.  The closest thing to the OPLOT would be the T-90MS!  As on the last meeting Russia was willing to set up shop here to manufacture military equipment we should continue with the dialogue!  Thailand still needs additional 150 MBTs to replace the M41A3s by the time they complete production of 150 units it will take a couple of years and by that time the Royal Thai Army (RTA) might want to retire the M48A5 which there more than 100 units actually if RTA retire the M48A5 earlier they might be able to sell them to the Philippines.

Just heard from the other FB forum that the Royal Thai Air Force procured the Chinese KS-1C SAM with a range of up to 70km…..

KS 1 SAM system

See related post:

Russia’s pledges cover cooperation with Thailand to set up a factory to manufacture military equipment as well as invest in railways in Thailand

Thailand Could Buy More Russian Mi-17V5 Helicopters

Thailand, Russia exploring ‘arms for food’ agreement

Thai defense minister to inspect T-90 tanks – report

Royal Thai Army to procure new MBT with a budget of THB8.9 billion

Mi-171Sh helicopter

See details of OPLOT MBT: HERE34949_900

 See details of T-90MS: HERE

See details of BTR-82A: HERE

See details of Pantsir-S1: HERE


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