Tender for A Single Long Range Radar

SHAH ALAM: The Defence Ministry today has issued a request for bids for a single 3D long range surveillance radar for the Royal Malaysian Air Force. Only representatives from companies with the authorised letter from the original equipment manufacturers, system providers and integrators will be allowed to purchase the tender documents which will closed on August 30.

Lockheed Martin TPS-77 Air Surveillance Radar – Transportable version of the FPS-117, the radar can be configured for C-130, C-17, truck, rail or helicopter transport. Used for illustration only

From the ministry’s tender page:

FOR THE SUPPLY, DELIVERY, TESTING AND COMMISSIONING OF ONE (1) UNIT OF 3D AIR DEFENSE LONG RANGE RADAR (LRR) COMPLETE WITH ANCILLARY EQUIPMENTS, LRR ASSOCIATED SUPPORTS AND DESIGN & BUILD OF INFASTRUCTURES TO THE ROYAL MALAYSIAN AIR FORCE (RMAF) AND THE GOVERNMENT OF MALAYSIA

Thales Raytheon GM 403 radar in service with RMAF. TUDM

Malaysian Defence readers will know that RMAF had been planning to buy the radar since 2019. The tender for the radar was supposed to move last year but Covid got in the way. Anyhow back in 2019 RMAF was already preparing for the radar.
A model of the Leonardo RAT 31 D/L air surveillance radar.

And last year we were also informed that the US was preparing to gift us long range radars. There is no new development on this front but it is likely by 2025 RMAF will be operating three new radars.
Martello S 743 air surveillance radar similar to ones still in service with RMAF. Internet

The advertisement for the tender of the new radar came as the country were still digesting the news that 16 China transport aircraft came just 60nm from flying into Sarawak airspace.
The radar track of the PLAAF aircraft intrusion on May 31, 2021. RMAF

The good news was that RMAF air defence radars in Sabah and Sarawak were instrumental in preparing the Hawk fighter jets to intercept and identify them.
Saab Giraffe 4A multi function radar. Saab

Hopefully this time around the tender will move ahead and a worthy bidder is selected.

— Malaysian Defence

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