PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia --- Malaysia is still looking into the possibility of purchasing Dassault Aviation's Rafale multi-role fighter aircraft, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
He said the matter was raised during a meeting, in conjunction with French President François Hollande's state visit today, but without any definite decision.
"Part of the talk (meeting) today revolved around possibilities in terms of acquiring French defence equipment including the Rafale. Although Malaysia is not ready yet (to purchase the aircraft), it will take note of the aircraft's success in several countries," Najib said.
"We will take note of the possibility of that particular aircraft being the subject of cooperation and collaboration in those countries as well." (end of excerpt)
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(EDITOR’S NOTE: Malaysia has been discussing the purchase of 18 Rafales at a cost of about 2 billion euros, Dassault Aircraft CEO Eric Trappier told AFP in Subang, Malaysia. He however cautioned that nothing had yet been concluded, and “we remain humble about future negotiations,” he said after an in-flight demonstration of the Rafale before Malaysian premier Najib, French President Hollande and both countries’ defense ministers.)