SHAH ALAM: New airbase at Bintulu. RMAF will be operating a new airbase – barebone one – at Bintulu, Sarawak, just off the waters of the South China Sea within the next five years or so. Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said in a social media post today that the ‘bare bone’ airbase at Bintulu is one of the development projects approved for RMK12.
The Western Air Defense Sector hosts twelve members of the Royal Malaysian Air Force as part of a subject matter exchange entailing hands-on training at a radar site at Camp Rilea, Oregon, Aug. 27, 2021. The 116th Air Control Squadron, Oregon Air National Guard, provided a week long course on the TPS-75 mobile, tactical radar system which is capable of providing radar azimuth, rang, height, and identification of friend or foe information for a 240-nautical-mile area. (Courtesy photo)
Antara fokus pembentangan #RMK12 oleh YAB PM @IsmailSabri60 di Parlimen – #RMK12 merangkumi langkah menambah baik kesiapsiagaan, kawalan sempadan dan penguatkuasaan, mempertingkat ketenteraman awam, mengukuhkan keselamatan dan pertahanan siber serta menjaga kebajikan anggota.
– pembinaan Bare Base Tentera Udara Bintulu, Sarawak, pembinaan Hospital Angkatan Tentera Terendak, Melaka dan peningkatan keupayaan aset maritim. Selain itu, kem tentera baharu di Felda Sahabat, Kem 5 Briged di Kota Belud akan siap dibina.
– Dasar Industri Pertahanan dan Keselamatan Negara akan diperkenal – menetapkan hala tuju industri tempatan berkaitan pertahanan & keselamatan. Kebajikan anggota tentera terbela, 10.2K unit RKAT dan kuarters sedang dibina, boleh diduduki dlm tempoh
Not much details yet but it is likely the new airbase will be located adjacent to the Bintulu airport like in Kuantan and Labuan. It is likely to be equipped with basic facilities before being upgraded in the future including hosting one or two squadrons of aircraft.
Korean Aerospace Industries TA-50. KAI. Used for illustrative purpose only
It is also likely that the base will also be the control station for the new long range air surveillance radar Preparing For The New Radar as reported previously. The radar it self could be placed nearby or even 150km away with the data feed to its control station via satellite or fibre optic links. It is unclear however whether the radar will be the one procured by Malaysia or the one to be gifted by the US. It must be noted that the barebone air base is the only new development project announced today, the others were made public before and likely holdovers from the previous Malaysian plan. One project that has gone quiet, is of course the Bintulu naval base project. So one may well think that the airbase project may well suffer the same fate.
That said if the long-range air surveillance radar control station is co-located at the barebone airbase this may well ensure its completion under RMK12. Hopefully more funds will be available in RMK13 to make it a full fledged facility complete with at least two squadrons of fighter jets and associated aircraft.
A Nuri, CN235 and Hornet, among the aircraft that took part in Eks Paradise 2015.
Apart from the Armed Forces, the PM also announced two projects for the police for RMK12 – a radar system for five Marine police sectors and a GOF camp in Beluran, Sabah.
It must be noted that Bernama reports that the government had allocated RM400 billion for development expenditure for all sectors during RMK12 (2021-2025) period. I guess we have to wait for the 2022 budget later on for further information on what’s in store for the national security sector.
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