Malaysia’s diplomatic fighter choice

When it comes to choosing its aircraft Malaysia has always mixed realpolitic with operational need, which is why it has ended up with a bit of a hotch-potch of US, British and Russian fighter types. And, as Greg Waldron explains in his preview to the country’s LIMA air show in the 19 March edition of Flight International, this combination of diplomatic pragmatism and search for pure best value is unlikely to change when the country decides how to replace its MiG-29s. Waldron looks at the contenders and prospects for the exhibition itself, which kicks off today (26 March).

Elsewhere in the issue, we look at how the Saab Gripen fared in a recent US-led Red Flag exercise – there are some great pictures – and the latest on Boeing’s proposed 787 battery fix. Is it – our Comment asks – guilty of hubris in sticking doggedly with lithium-ion batteries?

And we have a two-page news update from Moscow on how Sukhoi has extended the range of the Superjet.

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