RMAF A-400M (photo : Malaysian Defence)
KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) chief, General Tan Sri Roslan Saad said the second Airbus A400M will be received in early December.
"This is the second of four aircraft bought in December 2005. The first was received on March 9. The A400M is a modern aircraft compared to the DHC-4 Coribou which we already have.
"RMAF pilots can still fly the aircraft despite the modern technology," he told reporters after his induction as fifth member of the Hall of Fame at Armed Forces Defence College (MPAT) here, today.
The A400M has a longer operating range and capable of transporting a higher volume of cargo compared to other aircraft in the RMAF stable.
Other than for defence purposes, it can also perform Medical Evacuation (Medevac) Air to Air Refuelling (AAR), Aerial Delivery (Paratroop & Logistic) and Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief (HADR) operations.
Roslan said the remaining two aircraft are expected to arrive in stages in the middle of next year.
Induction into the Hall of Fame is the highest award for MPAT alumni holding the highest office in military service.
The other inductees were Malaysian Armed Forces (ATM) chief, General Tan Sri Zulkifli Mohd Zin, former RMAF chief, General Tan Sri Rodzali Daud, Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) director-general, Admiral Datuk Mohd Amdan Kurish and Army chief, General Tan Sri Raja Mohamed Affandi Raja Mohamed Noor.