06 Oktober 2016
S-61A4 Nuri helicopter (photo : Chaity)
PETALING JAYA: The S-61A4 Nuri helicopters should be upgraded and replaced with newer assets to prevent accidents from occurring, said Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein.
"I have reminded the top leadership in the Defence Ministry and the armed forces that there is no compromise when it comes to the safety of the personnel and preparedness of our military assets,” said Hishammuddin in a press release this Wednesday.
On Tuesday morning, a Nuri helicopter crashed at SMK Balung in Tawau, injuring approximately 10 Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) personnel and five students.
"I agree and understand the public's opinion on the fact that the Nuri helicopters have been in service for a long time – since 1968 – and should be replaced with newer assets," said Hishammuddin.
He added that he has instructed the RMAF chief to prepare action and upgrading plans for the Nuri.
"I will be receiving a special briefing from the RMAF regarding the plans after my return from a working trip next week," said Hishammuddin.