SHAH ALAM: In an earlier post, Malaysian Defence wrote about a quotation notice for the rental services of assets to deploy the Scan Eagle UAS and related equipment from the Kota Kinabalu naval base to RMN Stesen Lima (Pulau Layang-Layang) in the South China Sea.
The QN dated July 14 and closes on July 21, called for a barge or a ship capable of carrying a 10 tonne crane, a low loader and a Toyota Hilux 4X4 and four container load of ScanEagle UAS and its associated equipment to Stesen LIMA.
A day later, another QN, dated July 14 and closing on July 22, calling for the same requirements was published on Eperolehan. As the earlier QN was not cancelled, it appears that RMN will have eight containers worth ScanEagle UAS and its associated equipment on Stesen LIMA within the next few months.
I am not going to post the specifications of the second QN here as it is the same as the first one so if you want you can read it here again.
As Skuadron 601 has 12 ScanEagle UAS – from its own published pictures – it appears most of its assets will be based at Stesen LIMA for the foreseeable future.
I was told that the US has agreed to supply another six ScanEagles under the same Maritime Security Initiative, though it is unclear when they will be delivered.
For the record, Markas Angkatan Tugas Bersama 2 (ATB2) had operated the ScanEagle UAS from 2012 to 2016 under a company-owned, company operated (COCOM) contract with CTRM Sdn Bhd. The contract lapsed when the drones were lost in operations, one after the other (in a period of several months. The contract was for three ScanEagles which was operated in Kudat/Semporna area of operations.
ATB 2 now operate DJI Matrice UAS which were purchased under the Op Benteng UOR.
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