The Super Sukhoi project, initiated by the Indian Air Force (IAF), is a significant upgrade program for their Sukhoi Su-30MKI fighter jets aimed to enhance the capabilities of India’s Air Force’s Sukhoi fleet. Image source: Screenshot of Malaysian Sukhoi Su-30MKM in a bunker from the 2022 Malaysian movie, Air Force: The Movie.
No matter which angle you look at it, the Russian-made Sukhoi Su-30MKM is still one of the most beautiful fighters around and is far superior to many current Western, modern jet fighters. In addition to the earlier 16 units of Russian-made MiG-29N, Malaysia deployed 18 of these multi-role fighters in 2007 to complement the 8 US-made F/A-18D multi-role fighter that was deployed in 1997. Image source: Wikipedia.
Any country that has a vast shoreline to patrol like Malaysia should have a large fleet of dedicated medium and long-range maritime patrol aircraft that is capable of performing hours of patrolling and can perform secondary missions like search & rescue and anti-submarine warfare. Presently this role is being taken with some modifications by the Indonesia-made CN-235 transport plane. Image source: Wikipedia.