The Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) on Thursday said that it has lost contact with one of its fighter jet, the media reported. In a statement, the RMAF said the plane had taken off from the Kuantan air force base at 11 a.m., and lost contact half an hour, reports The Star daily. A search and rescue operation is currently underway. The Hawk 108 is an export version of the Hawk 100, a two-seat advanced weapons trainer with additional avionics, optional forward-looking infrared, a redesigned wing and hands-on-throttle-and-stick. The aircraft is fitted with a Sky Guardian Radar warning receiver and wingtip air-to-air missile rails.