601 UAS Squadron Launched

SHAH ALAM: 601 UAS Squadron launch. The RMN has formally launched up the 601 Squadron, which was established back in 2018 to operate the ScanEagle UAS system gifted by the US. The 601 is the first squadron to operate an UAS in Malaysian military service though the second operator after the military intelligence which operates the Schiebel camcopter UAS.

The launch ceremony was held at Sepanggar naval base in Kota Kinabalu where the squadron is currently headquartered. The RMN took formal delivery of the Scaneagle in February this year though the UAS was delivered in in May, last year.

RMN chief Adm Reza Sany being briefed on the Scaneagle UAS. RMN

From RMN

PELANCARAN SKUADRON SISTEM PESAWAT TANPA PEMANDU TLDM
4 Mac 2021 – TLDM melakar sejarah hari ini dengan pelancaran Skuadron 601 iaitu Skuadron Sistem Pesawat Tanpa Pemandu (Unmanned Aerial System) atau UAS di Stesen Udara TLDM Kota Kinabalu yang disempurnakan Panglima Tentera Laut, Laksamana Tan Sri Mohd Reza bin Mohd Sany. Majlis turut dihadiri oleh wakil dari Kedutaan Amerika Syarikat, Atase Pertahanan Kanan Captain Muhammad Muzzafar Feroze Khan.
UAS ScanEagle adalah pesawat buatan syarikat Boeing-Insitu yang dibekalkan oleh kerajaan Amerika Syarikat kepada kerajaan Malaysia melalui program Maritime Security Initiative (MSI). Sistem ini telah mula diterima oleh TLDM pada 6 Mei 2020 yang terdiri daripada 6 pesawat, 2 launcher, 2 skyhook dan 3 Ground Control Station (GCS) bernilai RM180 juta. TLDM dijangka akan menerima beberapa buah UAS ScanEagle lagi di bawah program MSI sebelum penghujung tahun 2021.
Skuadron 601 juga mencatatkan sejarah sebagai skuadron UAS yang pertama diwujud dan dioperasikan di dalam Angkatan Tentera Malaysia (ATM). Pengoperasian UAS akan memberi kelebihan kepada TLDM dalam aspek Intelligence, Survillance, Recconaisance (ISR) di seluruh perairan negara serta meningkatkan maritime domain awareness (MDA) semasa.
Latihan operasi selama 12 bulan yang dibimbing oleh wakil syarikat Boeing-Insitu telah mula dilaksanakan oleh kru operasi Skuadron 601 dan penerbangan sulung bagi pesawat ScanEagle berjaya dilaksanakan pada 5 Februari 2021 yang lalu. Latihan operasi ini merupakan salah satu daripada fasa pembangunan UAS TLDM yang bertujuan melahirkan kru operasi yang kompeten serta mampu mengendalikan sistem dengan baik.

RMN Chief Adm. Reza Sany being briefed on the launch unit for the UAS.

From the above we know that the 601 Squadron took delivery of six Scaneagle UAVs, two launchers and two skyhooks, and three ground control stations. The other six Scaneagles and its associated equipment are expected by year end.
RMN chief Adm Reza Sany looking at the ground control station of the Scaneagle UAS.

Hopefully we will see more of the 601 Squadron in the coming months and years.
A ScanEagle UAV on its ground launcher. RMN


— Malaysian Defence

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