NZ Air Force to enhance cooperation with RMAF
The Borneo Post - Tuesday, 12 August 2003

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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 and objectives.

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 said.

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