East Coast of Sabah to Have Nine Radar Stations (Bernama)

East Coast Of Sabah To Have Nine Radar Stations

SEMPORNA, Aug 10 (Bernama) — Nine radar stations will be installed in stages in the East Coast of Sabah to step up surveillance and security along the shore, said Joint Force II commander Brig-Gen Sheikh Mokhsin Sheikh Hassan.

Manufactured in the United States, he said the first radar would be installed in Tawau.

“The infrared radar can capture and transmit images to the control centre for follow-up actions,” he told reporters who accompanied Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak for a visit to the armed forces forward base here Sunday.

Sheikh Moksin said although the security in Sabah waters was under control, there were threats from militant groups in the restive southern Philippines.

He said other threats included armed kidnapping, piracy, smuggling and illegal immigrants.

He said tourist arrivals in the East Coast of Sabah had increased since the launch of the joint armed forces operation, “Ops Pasir” since eight years ago after the Sipadan hostage crisis.

Also present were Armed Forces chief Gen Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Zainal, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan and Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency director-general Admiral Datuk Amdan Kurish.


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  1. Apa in infra-red radar?….our esteemed minister of defence doesn’t even understand the difference between a FLIR and a radar? Aiyoyo.

    When did they tender for these?


  2. I believe it was the reporter or the sub-editor who did not understand what the good jeneral was talking about . I wanted to go for this trip but due to scheduling conflict and the fact that reporters from KL had to take a Charlie to Sabah put me off. Oh well…

  3. When radar is discussed, most people will assume the kind of radar technology that we have come to know. Where signals are give out and bounced back, forming a kinda of image.

    infrared radar is different as it is a passive kinda of radar, similar to sensing radar used in weather satellite. I have seen the infantry version of it and being used by the special ops in place such as Afghanistan. It will detect heat, electrical devices or people and the target is normally identified using FLIR cameras up to 50+ kms away.

    There have been some Navy installing this sensor suit into ships as it can detect small boats, esp the engines which is like a beacon in one of this radar.

  4. Portland, OR., June 16, 2008) — FLIR Systems announced today receipt of an order for 12 ThermoVision 2000 (THV2000) long-range thermal imaging sensor systems to be used by the Malaysian MoD for a new surveillance network. FLIR’s sensors will support a new counter-insurgency network along the Malaysian coastline.

    FLIR’s THV2000 was selected by the Malaysian MoD because of its reliability and excellent range performance, even in smoke and dust environments. Deliveries of the systems are expected to begin at the end of the second quarter.

    The THV2000 is a cooled thermal imaging system with multi-sensor capabilities, providing a range of up to 20 km. The system provides an autofocus option to minimize operator fatigue. The THV2000/3000 family of imagers is “plug and play” compatible with multiple video networking systems.

    “FLIR Systems is proud to be selected for this critical coastal surveillance mission,” said Earl Lewis, president and CEO of FLIR Systems, Inc. “This contract is another example how FLIR’s commercially developed military qualified (CDMQ) systems support a wide variety of missions around the globe, including homeland security, critical asset protection and military force protection.”

    Marhalim: Ooh, I forgot about this one but FLIR is no radar. And if you noticed in the second story Najib says the radar has a 70km coverage.

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