Das­sault treats Trea­sury sec­re­tary-gen­eral with jet-fighter ride

New Straits Times - - Entertainment -

LANGKAWI: A Das­sault Rafale multi-role fighter air­craft had a VIP “pas­sen­ger” on the open­ing day of the Langkawi In­ter­na­tional Mar­itime and Aerospace Ex­hi­bi­tion (Lima) 2017 yes­ter­day.

Trea­sury sec­re­tary-gen­eral Tan Sri Dr Mohd Ir­wan Seri­gar Ab­dul­lah was given the op­por­tu­nity to fly in the two-seater air­craft, later re­lat­ing that it was the “per­fect birth­day gift”.

Ir­wan, who will turn 60 later this month, said the op­por­tu­nity was pre­cious to him, and thanked Rafale Malaysia for it.

“This is the first time I have ever been on board a jet fighter and it is such a fun ex­pe­ri­ence,” he said af­ter his ride.

The Das­sault Rafale, he said, was a qual­ity mod­ern jet fighter, which was fit­ted with the lat­est tech­nolo­gies that make it a highly ca­pa­ble plat­form on the air-to-air and air-to-ground roles.

“I hope the De­fence Min­istry will se­ri­ously con­sider ob­tain­ing the air­craft in the fu­ture.”

The Das­sault Rafale was one of two air­craft that might re­place the Royal Malaysian Air Force’s MiG-29N Ful­crum air­craft un­der its multi-role com­bat air­craft re­place­ment pro­gramme.

There are two vari­ants of the Das­sault Rafale at Lima 2017 — the sin­gle-seat Rafale C and the two-seater Rafale B.

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