KUALA LUMPUR: The New Zealand Air Force (NZAF) has expressed the intention to
further enhance its cooperation with the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF).
Defence Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said this was voiced by NZAF Chief
Air Vice-Marshall J.H.S Hamilton.
"He (Hamilton) is not only satisfied with the existing cooperation but wants it
to be further cemented for the interest of both nations," Najib told reporters
after receiving the call by Hamilton at the Defence Ministry here yesterday.
Earlier Hamilton inspected a guard-of-honour and was briefed on the RMAF history
The NZAF chief is on a four-day visit to the country.
He is also scheduled to visit the RMAF bases in Butterworth and Kuantan.
Najib said the government was still considering the offer by NZAF to sell 16 of
its NB-339 Aermacchi ground-attack planes.
"The offer is being considered and the decision on it would be known soon," he
Najib said the NB-339 Aermacchi aircraft was ideal to train RMAF pilots before
they were allowed to fly the sophisticated fighters like the Russian-made
MiG-29, FA 18D Hornets and Hawks. - Bernama