New Radars for ESSCOM by Next Year

SHAH ALAM: THE new Spexer 2000 radars for ESSCOM is expected to be operational, next year. An Airbus Defence and Space released confirmed the five radars will be delivered in 2016. Malaysian Defence reported about the radars in a previous post.

Apart from the new and old radars, UAVs, and the floating bases, some other ISR capabilities have also been deployed to ESSCOM recently but since its an operational matter, I will leave it that for the moment.

Yesterday, it was also announced that ESSCOM is getting a new chief, Datuk Wan Abdul Bhari Wan Abdul Khalid, whose appointment will become effective on Dec 23. Wan Abdul Bhari, the former KL Traffic chief replaced the current commander Datuk Abdul Rashid Harun, who has been promoted as the Sabah police commissioner.

A Spexer 2000 radar used for coastal surveillance. Airbus D&S
A Spexer 2000 radar used for coastal surveillance. Airbus D&S

Airbus Defence and Space Delivers High-Performance Radar for Protection of Malaysian Coastlines

ULM, Germany — Airbus Defence and Space will deliver five of its newest SPEXER 2000 Coastal radars to Malaysia in order to monitor coastlines and prevent illicit intrusions. Under the multimillion Euro contract, deliveries will be completed in 2016.

“SPEXER 2000 Coastal is the worldwide first security radar using the latest radar technology of Active Electronically Scanning Array (AESA). Its capability to detect even smallest targets in difficult littoral environments ensures a very high level of situational awareness providing security forces with additional reaction time”, explained Thomas Müller, Head of Electronics and Border Security at Airbus Defence and Space.

SPEXER 2000 Coastal is optimized for the surveillance of coastal areas and maritime infrastructure such as harbours and oil fields. With an instrumented range of 133 NM (247 km), its high doppler and velocity resolution as well as its high sea clutter suppression, it is able to detect and track even very small and slowly moving objects such as swimmers and rubber dinghies, but also fast objects such as speed boats. The Command & Control system will be provided by Signalis/Bremen.

Due to a unique signal processing architecture, SPEXER 2000 Coastal reliably detects sea, land and air targets alike. Hence, one SPEXER 2000 Coastal radar can replace two or more conventional radars that would be necessary for a simultaneous land and sea surveillance.

The radar has a compact all-in-one design allowing also the integration into surveillance vehicles or the rapid deployment on a tripod for an on-demand surveillance of alternating areas of interest. Furthermore, a camera can be cued to the radar in order to identify suspicious objects. Combined with its high availability and no scheduled maintenance, this ensures a superior performance without any surveillance gaps.

SPEXER 2000 Coastal is part of Airbus Defence and Space’s SPEXER security radar family which consists of several sensors, each optimized for specific applications in the fields of border, infrastructure, perimeter and coastal surveillance.

A specific version for border surveillance, SPEXER 2000, is deployed in a huge border surveillance system in the Middle East; a military version has been developed for the German Army.

— Malaysian Defence

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