SHAH ALAM: Deputy Defence Minister Adly Zahari on January 27 confirmed that the Lockheed Martin TP-77 long range air surveillance radar gifted by the US located in Labuan, is now operational. He said the radar arrived in December.
Adly was speaking to reporters at Labuan airbase after visiting Sabah and Labuan over the last few days. He also made a short visit to the Pulau Layang-layang – Stesen LIMA – in the South China Sea. You can read the report here.
Due to the current situation, it is unlikely that the Defence Ministry and government will issue any more information about the gifted US radar. Adly himself only said a few words on the radar at the event. That said RMAF and the Defence Ministry has always been reluctant to talk about radars and similar capabilities.
Anyhow as reported previously,
Defence Minister DSU Mohamad Hasan told Parliament on March 16 that the Lockheed Martin TPS-77 long range surveillance radar will be commissioned in Labuan by year end. He said it would replace the Alenia radar which has been decommissioned as it is no longer mission capable. The radar will be placed at Bukit Kubong, Labuan, the site where the Alenia used to be operated by Skuadron 340.
The TPS-77 radar is gifted by the US to Malaysia under the Building Partner Capacity programme.
Another report on the gifted radar.
Lockheed Martin has been awarded a firm contract from the US government to supply a long range air surveillance radar including support and training for the RMAF. The radar is likely the one to be gifted to Malaysia by the US as reported previously. Although the announcement did not mention the type, it did say it cost some US$25 million (RM104 million) and expected to be completed by Sept. 30, 2025.
Meanwhile, China continues its intrusive patrols in Malaysian, Vietnam and Indonesia EEZ in the South China Sea.
1/Since arriving on station from its Hainan Island base on January 10th, the 98-meter 🇨🇳#China Coast Guard 5402 has been conducting continuous intrusive patrols of 3 @ASEAN neighbors' legally recognized exclusive economic zones: 🇻🇳#Vietnam, 🇮🇩#Indonesia & 🇲🇾#Malaysia. [🧵1/3] pic.twitter.com/O0hvU6Td29
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