Malaysia buys NZ jets.
28 May 2003 6.00am NZ Herald

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Malaysia is enlarging its Air Force bases to accommodate the 17 Aermacchi jets it is buying from New Zealand as well as 18 new Russian fighters to be delivered from 2006.

Defence Minister Najib Razak said the finance ministry was studying the details of the planned purchase.

Last month Malaysian Chief of Defence Force General Tan Sri Mohd Zahidi bin Hj Zainudin visited the Ohakea air base near Palmerston North, where he sat in the cockpit of an Aermacchi and was given a rundown on the aircraft.