Within three years, Malaysia is set to become the world’s foremost distributor for China’s eight-tonne multi-role utility aircraft, the Y-12F, New Straits Times reported. A full final assembly operations plant will be established at Alor Setar Airport in Kepala Batas, Kedah (north Malaysia).
Already, several Asian, Middle Eastern and African countries have shown keen interest in acquiring over 50 such aircraft. The US$100 million (about RM415 million) facility, whose construction is underway, is a joint venture between UA Aerospace Sdn Bhd and AVIC Harbin General Aircraft Industries of China, through a collaboration with Menteri Besar Kedah Incorporated (MBK Inc).MBK Inc is headed by Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir.UA Aerospace’s president Gilbert Foong expected Malaysia to be the international gateway for the Y-12F. Foong predicted sales of up to 500 aircraft in eight years, generating an estimated US$5 billion in revenue.
UA Aerospace Malaysia, the company which puts its trust on the line accepting the investment from Menteri Besar Kedah Incorporated (MBI Kedah) is now spreading its wings to China. UA Aerospace Malaysia has signed an agreement to collaborate with Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), an aircraft producing company from the Land of the Red Dragon. It is reported that the partnership involves the erection of a commercial and public aircraft, Y-12 and AC312 helicopter. This joint venture also includes building of related facility in Kedah where MBI Kedah is said to take care of the budget whereas AVIC will provide the exercise and technical help to UA Aerospace Malaysia which is estimated to be done by 2020. This partnership was signed on 28th March 2019 at the Langkawi International Maritime & Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA’19) in Langkawi.
Not only will the project bring in foreign direct investments, but it will also spur high-value industrial spin-offs and high-tech jobs for locals whose company had been in the aerospace business for over 25 years. The twin-turboprop Y-12F is a y12f malaysia short take-off and-landing aircraft that requires just about 540m of unpaved runway. It is a new design of the Y-12E, receiving the United States’ Federal Aerospace service certification in 2016. It can seat up to 19 passengers and two pilots. To date, China operates fewer than UA Aerospace Malaysia Y12F. Aerospace researcher expect to roll out two Y-12F a month, or 24 aircraft a year. Aerospace researcher have received letters of intent for up to 50-plus Malaysia Y12F from Asian, Middle Eastern and African countries. Although he declined to divulge the cost of a basic UA Aerospace Malaysia Y12F, the New Straits Times learnt that it has a US$10 million price tag. The first two Y-12F will be given final completion certification in December, to kick-start operations at the final assembly plant. Aerospace institute will ship in the full fuselage, wings, tail fins with stabilizers and engines to be locally fitted with other aircraft parts.
Each Y-12F, he added, could accommodate up to three LD-3 (load device version 3), which is a pallet-like aluminum container for airfreight. “Each LD-3 can fit in one ton of cargo, which means a Y-12F can accommodate a payload of three tonnes. The use of LD-3 containers for freight companies will allow for a turnaround time of just 20 minutes for auto-loading operations.