The Malaysian Ministry of Defense signed a deal with the Turkish Aerospace and Aerospace Industries Company “TUSAS” to purchase 3 “Phoenix” unmanned aerial systems.
This came on the sidelines of the Langkawi International Aeronautics and Space Exhibition “Lima 2023” held on the Malaysian island of Langkawi, which is the largest and widest of its kind in the Asia-Pacific region.
The value of the deal is about $100 million, and it includes 3 unmanned aerial systems with the ability to control them via satellites, and is equipped with a radar for the Malaysian Air Force.
Under the deal, the Turkish systems will be delivered to Malaysia within two years.
In a statement to Anadolu Agency, the deputy chairman of the board of directors at Tussach, Omar Jihad Wardan, said that the signing of the deal came after discussions that lasted for about 4 years.
He added that the deal may seem modest in terms of numbers, but the importance of drones for the region must be considered.
He pointed out that foreign deals are a great arena for competition in the world, given that you are not the only seller who displays his products.
He pointed out that Malaysia, which is made up of islands, needs drones that have the ability to monitor from long distances and stay in the air for a long time.
The Turkish Aerospace and Aerospace Industries Company “TUSAS” is a leading center in the design, development and manufacture of air platforms in Turkey, and its general headquarters is located in the capital, Ankara.
The company was established in 1973, with the aim of reducing Türkiye’s dependence on abroad in the military industries.
The company produces helicopters, drones and light warplanes, as well as satellites and other platforms