Royal Malaysian Air Force Tests New Bombs With Flankers
The Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) introduced two types of Russian general-purpose bombs into service with its Sukhoi Su-30MKM Flanker fighters following a recent live fire exercise.
The unguided FAB 500 and OFAB 250 general-purpose high-explosive fragmentation bombs were dropped by the Flankers during the air-to-ground phase of a three-week live firing exercise that began on July 28.
“Dropping the new bombs are part of the reason we deployed to Labuan. We are conducting air-to-ground and air-to-air exercises with Flankers,” Lt. Col. Faizal Abu Bakar, 11 Squadron commanding officer added. “I can say that we have successfully conducted both exercises, meeting the benchmark set by the air force.”
Currently, Sukhoi Su-30MKM Flanker fighters make up 10.7% of RMAF's in-service fleet.
Also taking part in the exercise were RMAF’s two other fast-jet types: Boeing F/A-18D Hornets of 18 Squadron and BAE Systems Hawk Mk 108/208s of 6 Squadron. The Hornets also took part in the live-firing exercise, while the Hawks were employed as aggressor aircraft.