LANGKAWI, March 26 (Bernama) — Boeing is in discussions with the Malaysian government to form a partnership for human capital development to strengthen the country’s aerospace industry.
Boeing Military Aircraft Vice President F/A-18E/F & EA-18 Programs, Michael K. Gibbons said the company is ready to implement various human capital development activities to achieve the desired objective.
“We can work on vocational training and offer professional training for engineers between college and real world applications.
“We also can help out with primary and secondary schools in the area that we call, The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM),” he told Bernama in an interview.
“We are in discussions in a conference here on some options to help in these areas,” Gibbons, who is here attending the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace (LIMA’13) for the first time, said.
During the 12th Biennial LIMA’13 Exhibition and Conference starting today until March 13, Boeing will be participating in a “Career Day” programme.
“This could be seen as a take-off to the human capital programme between us and Malaysia,” Gibbons said.
In another development, he said Boeing is in dialogue with the Royal Malaysia Air Force (RMAF) about specifically offering the Super Hornet as a suitable new multi-role combat aircraft.
“The Super Hornet is probably well suited for the RMAF. It is the next generation aircraft that anybody looks for as they replace older aircraft.
“The Super Hornet is available in the time frame that Malaysia is looking at in wanting to retire the MIG-29,” Gibbons said.
In terms of capability, he said the Super Hornet is an incredibly flexible aircraft which has the ability to do everything from air-to-air defence to air-to-ground strikes.
“It can also provide air support to troops on the ground and assist in intelligence gathering missions,” he added.
Source: MySinchew.com, 26th March 2013