SHAH ALAM: Ten companies have been shortlisted for a tender to supply thermal surveillance camera for 15 Marine Police PA class patrol boats. The request for bids was published on October 24 and closed on December 3.
The highest bid for the tender is RM11.970 million while the lowest is RM10.794 million. The other tenders ranged from RM10.8 million to RM11.912 million. The end user estimated the cost of the equipment and cost of installation and integration to be RM11.922 million.
The specifications for the thermal surveillance camera system call for it to be capable of being use for navigation, and search and rescue. Apart from this the system could also be linked to the navigation radar and the automatic identification system (AIS).
The system should comprise off 15 ruggedised displays, 15 FLIR camera turret, 15 open array radar and 15 3D sonar system. The system should also include an aerial observation drone that should be linked to the FLIR turret. It did not say how many drones are required though. The drone should have a service ceiling of 3000 metres, a flight time of not less than 20 minutes and flight distance of 7 km.
As for the PGA one, the tender for the mobile thermal surveillance camera system was published on December 5 and closes on January 4, a period of 21 days. The estimate cost of the system is RM7 million.
The specifications called for five mobile thermal surveillance camera system to be installed on five twin-cab 4X4 vehicle. Although installed on the vehicles, the camera system should be capable of being carried around based on the specifications posted in the advertisement for them. Some highlights of the system sought from the specifications page:
Mobile Intelligent Surveillance Thermal Radar (STR) should be come in one complete set as below; a. High End Survailance Thermal Radar Detection System b. Portable Survailance Thermal Radar Detection
System c. Database Storage Centre For STR d. Tactical Surveillance System Transporter
The Camera should weigh a maximum of 10.6kg or less (Mandatory)
PORTABLE THERMAL RADAR DETECTION SHOULD COME WITH EQUIPEMENT AS BELOW: 1- Portable Thermal Radar Detection System2- Stand Alone Power Suply/ Battery 3- Batery Rechargeable Adapter/Dock 4- Ruggedised Laptop 5- Storage Box (Mobile Development Kit,
The vehicle offered must be a 4WD type specially designed to be a Tactical Surveillance Transporter with the ability to carry cargo and passengers of not less than four (4) people
including the driver and suitable for all roads on-road/off-road (all-terrain).
Note I did not correct the spelling mistakes in the specifications list. They were copy-pasted here directly. Based on the above specifications, the mobile surveillance system is most likely meant for border patrols. That said it could also be used during civil unrest.
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