SEMPORNA (Sabah), Aug 12 (Bernama) — The Malaysian armed forces will install nine radar stations along the east coast of Sabah to step up surveillance in the state’s waters, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said Tuesday.
The deputy prime minister said the radar stations would be installed in stages, with the first one to be set up in Tawau.
“These radar will provide more effective coverage of the Ops Pasir area whereby even small boats can be detected and pictures can be taken and transmitted directly to the control centre,” he told a news conference after watching an integrated exercise involving the armed forces, police and Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA), here. Ops Pasir is an integrated defence arrangement.
Najib, who is also the defence minister, said the radar would be able to detect the movement of boats and ships at a distance of 70 km.
Asked about Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) to be used for surveillance, he said this was still at the testing stage.
“Once we have received all the UAVs, we can use them for the Ops Pasir area,” he said.
The armed forces now have two UAVs for testing purposes.
On the ongoing exercise, Najib said it was to test the capability of the three agencies in responding to abductions by terrorist groups.
Ops Pasir was launched on Sept 20 2000 following two incidents of abduction in Pulau Sipadan and Pulau Padanan which encompass 19 islands and 21 settlements.
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