KATC and GMI AERO SAS France to Build Aviation Repair Facility in Sabah

Apr 2022

KKIP Aerospace Training Centre (KATC), a subsidiary of Sabah’s industrial park KKIP Sdn. Bhd. will construct a licensed composite repair facility in Sabah and Asia for GMI AERO SAS, a French composite repair solutions provider. It has signed a tripartite memorandum of understanding (MoU) with GMI AERO SAS France and Hypercoat Sdn Bhd, a local aviation component supplier.

The partners will look into developing, implementing, and promoting composite repair technology and innovations for aeronautical and non-aeronautical products in Borneo and throughout Asia. Certified GMI license-approved holders will be produced by KATC, allowing them to work on both aeronautical and non-aeronautical composite goods. KATC aims to train people in Sabah to be composite repair professionals, create a research and development lab to address aviation and non-aviation composite product problems, provide job opportunities, and encourage knowledge and technology transfer.

As part of Malaysia’s increased efforts to improve its national aerospace and defense industry, Malaysia’s Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) announced a total of 54 signings worth MYR 4.6 billion (USD 1.08 billion) during the Defence Services Asia (DSA) 2022 and National Security (NATSEC) Asia 2022 exhibitions in March 2022. In the coming years, MINDEF is also planning to purchase three long-range air defense radars (LORAD); a medium-range air defense radar (MERAD); Unmanned Aerial Surveillance (UAS); Medium Altitude Long Endurance Unmanned Aerial Surveillance (MALE-UAS) and Maritime Patrol Aircrafts (MPA).

(Sources: New Straits Times; The Edge Markets)

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