The arrival of the Mil Mi-8/17 Hip originally for Royal Malaysia Police ( PDRM ). Due to certain regulations, ICAO related, the Department of Civil Aviation Malaysia ( DCA Malaysia ) refused to register the helicopters as they did not conform design guidelines set by the ICAO . The helicopters need to be military registered and were given to the Malaysian Fire and Rescue Air Wing as M994-03 & M994-04.
These helicopters are equipped with western avionics, a dolphin nose dome (weather radar), single ramp rear door and an extra sliding door on the starboard side. These helicopters was an xport version of Mi-8MTV.