Malaysia implements a dual policy, both hiring and promoting its own research and manufacturing of UAVs

In the past ten years, the Malaysian military has been equipped with many modern technical reconnaissance equipment such as radars, unmanned aerial vehicles, early warning aircraft, etc. In the period 2010-2015, Malaysia received technology transfer and put into service 3 types of radar: Astros AV-UCF fire control radar (made by Brazil), Ground Master-400 space reconnaissance (made by France) ), and the TMX fire control radar (fitted to the Kedah-class based on the MEKO 100).

Since 2015, the Malaysian military continues to receive a number of new radars, including the Skyguard radar for the army, to monitor the airspace of the Sarawak area, and the Erieye Northrop Grumman E-2D radar mounted on Embraer EMB-145S aircraft. In which, Skyguard radar is used for the following purposes: Target detection, guidance for 35 mm automatic anti-aircraft guns; Collect, process, and analyze data on low and extremely low-altitude enemy air activities. In addition, Skyguard is also integrated with an incoming missile warning device, and fire control to ensure the ability to simultaneously fire 2 or more targets with anti-aircraft artillery and anti-aircraft guided missiles.

malaysia Ground Master-400
Malaysian Ground Master-400

Malaysia implements a dual policy, both hiring and promoting its own research and manufacturing of UAVs, in order to enhance its intelligence, reconnaissance, and combat capabilities. To date, the UAVs leased by Malaysia include: Aludra Mk-1, used for coastal surveillance; Yabhon Aldra, leased from the United Arab Emirates for use in counter-terrorism surveillance. Malaysia’s domestic UAVs include: Aludra-2, developed based on Aludra Mk-1; Cyber Eye, researched and developed by Sapura Group of Malaysia; Cyber Shark and Cyber Hawk are developed by Sapura Corporation.

Malaysia has commissioned two RF-5E Tiger Eye reconnaissance aircraft for the air force. In addition, the country is implementing a plan to replace the MiG-29 with the Saab Gripen JAS 39C/D, Gripen NG, and F/A-18E/F Super Hornet. According to military analysts, Malaysia does not necessarily need to buy more different types of aircraft, but just need to upgrade the Super Hornet. In fact, Malaysia has signed a contract with Boeing to upgrade 8 Super Honet aircraft in a number of categories such as: Global Positioning System (GPS); enemy identification scanning system, and the Joint Hazard Classification System. The Malaysian Navy has been equipped with RT9000 HF-band Sun Air radios and the Noris Command and Control System. The Army is equipped with PRM 4700A radios. In addition, Malaysia has signed a contract with Thales Corporation to provide communications and electronic integration packages for nearly 300 wheeled armored vehicles. The IFV is developed on the basis of the 8×8 armored vehicle. These devices act as communication servers between the tactical network Internet protocol communication system, combined with the battlefield management system.

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