F-35 Malaysia? Am i in a Coma?
Did i woke up from a Coma? LOL. First reported here Mr. Loren Thompson, chief operating officer of the Virginia-based Lexington Institute says... (sort of like this) because the price of the F-35 (export versions) will be around $85 million, putting it on a par with the cost of current fighter planes that Malaysia review for the MRCA programs. It would be plausible that Malaysia will follow Singapore step into ordering F-35.
Never mind that, traditionally Malaysia don't usually buy the same aircraft as Singapore or Indonesia or Thai .. well accept for the F-5 and the A-4 sky hawk... or even Hawk 200/100 ... or even Super Puma variation helicopter (singapore and Indonesia use it) .. or LOH A109 helicopters... or .. awww gawd damned it... Malaysia will buy F-35?
In 2008 the price for Eurofighter Typhoon is around USD 122 millions... if the F-35 price can be bellow USD 85 millions this would make it a better candidate for the MRCA program. All this news spurts out about the same time the Chinese muscle flexing in East and South China Sea occur. Is this a coincidence?
While this sounds great. Remember this?
F-35 does have a higher cost per flight hour compared to the rest of the list... and i really doubt that Malaysia can afford the operating cost... unless Malaysia Military Spending really really went up.
The F-35 have a lower RCS compared to SU-30MKM and the Super Hornet. Although it is said that the export version of the F-35 will have an RCS of 0.15 m2 while the US versions are having 0.005 m2.
So the question remain. Will Malaysia order F-35 as Mr. Loren Thompson implies?