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LANGKAWI ISLAND, Malaysia, March 28 (Itar-Tass) – The Sukhoi holding company has signed a contract with the Malaysian Defense Ministry for the maintenance of Su-30MKM jet fighters. The contract concluded on the sidelines of the LIMA 2013 exhibition is 100 million dollars worth, the show’s organizing committee said.
The contract provides for the supplies of spare parts and maintenance of 18 Su-30 MKM fighter jets, provided under a Russian-Malaysian contract of 2003 in 2007-2009.
As ARMS-TASS has learned from sources at the exhibition, the fleet of SU-30MKM jets is currently below the required 75-80 percent readiness level. Of the 18 planes only ten are combat-ready and another two are subject to flight restrictions as their engines have exhausted their time between overhaul.
The just-signed contract will make it possible to extend the engines’ life cycle, arrange for the required maintenance and enhance the operating readiness of Malaysia’s fleet of Su-30MKM.