Sabah Radars, An Update

KUALA LUMPUR: The story below updated our earlier discussion on the Sabah radars. It appears that the first radar transmitter andn its C2 unit is operational. Although the radar system was donated by the US government, the MINDEF is providing the funds for the extra equipment needed.

The Bernama story reported that the army was getting combat boats for the mission. I wonder whether the “combat boats” or bot tempur in Malay are the rigid hull inflatable boat that had been tendered by MINDEF, at least twice last year.

The joint force unit could also call upon the navy to provide them with extra firepower with CB90 combat boats and whatever corvette or patrol vessel stationed on the Sabah east coast on ad hoc basis. The air force and the coast guard is also expected to be involved in the operation but lets hope the economic crisis does not affect any of this. If we can spent more than RM14 million thousand of miles away from home, funds must be available to conduct operations on our own backyard!

–Malaysian Defence

Combat Boats For Army Joint Force

TAWAU, Feb 20 (Bernama) — The Army Joint Force 2 (ATB 2), charged with safeguarding waters off the Sabah east coast, will receive combat boats and support equipments to upgrade firepower and enhance its defence system.

ATB Commander Lt Gen Datuk Allatif Mohd Noor said the boats and equipments were part of the programme to install the radar surveillance system Initiative 1206,” he said after launching the radar monitoring system at Bukit Tinagat near here today.

The radar surveillance system Initiative 1206 is the first of nine promised by the Army to the Sabah government.

“Eight more will be installed in stages at specific locations, including islands, by December next year,” he said.

The radar surveillance system Initiative 1206 was handed over by the United States government to Malaysia to enhance the capabilities of its armed forces in protecting the country’s sovereignty and security.

Allatif said the radar system was specially designed to conduct surveillance off the Sabah east coast from Kudat until Tawau.

“The radar operated by ATB2 based at Kukusan Camp near here can detect from as far as 70 kilometre. When fully operational, it will allow security forces to act faster and more efficently,” he said.

— BERNAMA

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