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Malaysia To Buy 12 Military Eurocopter Helicopters

Malaysia will buy 12 military helicopters from Eurocopter in a 500-million-dollar deal, an official said on April 22, two years after the plan was shelved due to the financial crisis.

In October 2008 the government scrapped a contract awarded to the European firm for 12 Cougar EC725 helicopters as a cost-cutting move and to reprioritise its budget because of the bleak global economy.

A defence ministry official confirmed the order had been reinstated, with government officials signing a contract worth 1.6 billion ringgit (500 million dollars) with Eurocopter at a defence exhibition in Kuala Lumpur this week.

“We are expecting Eurocopter to deliver the first helicopter in 2012,” the official, who requested for anonymity, told AFP. He added that the ministry will officially get an endorsement of the deal from the cabinet on Friday.

Eurocopter is the helicopter unit of European aerospace giant, the European Aeronautic Defence and Space (EADS). The group’s products account for 30 percent of the total world helicopter fleet.

Eurocopter was awarded the contract to replace Malaysia’s fleet of 28 military Nuri transport helicopters in 2008, but opposition parties criticised the deal and alleged there were irregularities involved in the procurement.

The government has denied the claim.

The US-made Sikorsky S-61 Nuri helicopter has been in use since 1968 and 28 of them remain in the Malaysian air force — its main transportation vehicle.

The decision to phase them out was made after a crash in 2007 which killed six Malaysian military personnel.

“We are not going to phase out the existing Nuri fleet, we are going to keep about 20 of them and to upgrade them so they can be used by the air force and army,” the defence ministry official added.

Source : AFP

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