KUALA LUMPUR: Following up on my earlier posts on smart procurement for our security agencies, the Coast Guard will probably be able to do a better job by working with the RMN instead of buying a couple of amphibians with an iffy surveillance fit.
For example, the two Kedah-class ships, stationed in Sabah, are already fitted with the state of the art 3D radar (for more details read below). With a reported range of a round 60km in surface mode, the ships could be laying in anchor at the Semporna naval base and at the same time, do a better job than those amphibians.
By data-linking the radar picture to several land, air and sea assets in the vicinity of Semporna, would enable any transgressors to be tracked and possibly be stopped. Of course if all the assets in the area could be linked in a network, Sabah borders would be more secure.
It would be cheaper and faster than integrating new assets like the CL-415s MMEA is purchasing….
EADS TRS-3D/16-ES naval radar system demonstrates capabilities in Malaysia
After having demonstrated its capabilities in extensive live-firings, the delivery of the EADS TRS-3D naval radar system to the New Generation Patrol Vessel programme of the Royal Malaysian Navy is under way. As reported by EADS Defence & Security on Thursday, two out of six radars have been delivered, with the remaining four having already completed factory acceptance tests. Two ships have been built by Blohm & Voss (TKMS); four are under construction by the Boustead Naval Shipyard Sdn. Bhd. in Malaysia. Earlier, the radar system successfully passed the Sea Acceptance Tests in the complex littoral area of the Strait of Malacca. Withstanding demanding environmental and weather conditions it exceeded its performance specifications.
As a whole, six vessels will be equipped with EADS’ successful TRS-3D/16 ES radar which is optimised for deployment in dense coastal threat scenarios. The radar uses electronic stabilisation to compensate the pitching and rolling motion of the ship, thus making heavy mechanical stabilisation unnecessary. This radar system is the latest version of the TRS 3D radar family, which is in use on various ships classes including the German and other navies. The purpose of this radar system is to automatically perform detection and track initiation – tracking of sea targets as well as airborne targets at medium ranges are also part of its capabilities. It is characterized by excellent accuracy and tracking range performance, high resistance to environmental and electronic countermeasures influences, and a special gun fire support mode.
“To create a comprehensive littoral situational picture under extreme environmental conditions for the sake of security you need extremely powerful sensors”, said Bernhard Gerwert, CEO ofEADS Defence Electronics. “Our TRS-3D radar has operationally shown that it is the right solution to these complex requirements.”
The TRS-3D, developed and produced by EADS Defence Electronics, is a 3D multimode naval radar for air and sea surveillance. It is deployed on the F122 type German frigates and is also being installed on the new K130 corvettes. Recently, the TRS-3D was selected to equip the new ships for the US Coast Guard Deepwater programme as well as the US Navy’s LCS programme. In all, it is deployed by naval forces in more than 50 units around the world. The TRS-3D is available in different versions and can serve as a stand-alone radar for the special requirements of smaller ships operating in costal waters or as the main self-defence radar on frigates and large ships. It is used for automatically locating and tracking all types of air and sea targets. Thanks to the latest signal processing technologies, the TRS-3D is particularly suited for the early detection of low-flying or fast-moving objects under extreme environmental conditions, such as guided missiles, high-speed patrol boats or unmanned aerial vehicles.