SHAH ALAM: Earlier this year, Malaysian Defence reported that Defence Minister DSU Mohamad Hasan told Parliament on March 16 that the Lockheed Martin TPS-77 long range surveillance radar, donated by the US, 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. From a previous Malaysian Defence report.
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.
And now to thanks to working visit by the Assistant Chief Of Staff Materiel Brig Jen Nor Azmi Abdul Rahman to Labuan last work we now have pictures of the radar dome/shelter for the Alenia radar at Skn 340.
It is unclear whether the radar dome/shelter will fit the antenna of the TPS-77 radar once it is delivered to the site. If not, I am guessing that RMAF will have to contract out a new radome/shelter. I have been told previously that CTRM was contracted to manufacture the radome/shelter for the other RMAF radars.
With the commissioning of the new radar, RMAF will now have coverage of eastern Philippines. The Philippines radar coverage (see above) has extended to northern and eastern Sabah since the introduction of new long-range radars within the last few years.
RMAF will also operate a new radar, likely in Bintulu within the next two years.
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