First drone unit by Oct
Printed on: Sunday, April 28, 2019
By: Zam Yusa
KOTA KINABALU: The Malaysian Navy will kind its first drone unit in September or October and it will likely be primarily based at its Sepanggar base, mentioned a prime navy official.
Japanese Fleet Commander Vice Admiral Datuk Abdul Rahman Ayob mentioned the brand new unmanned plane system or UAS unit is anticipated to be absolutely operational within the first quarter of 2020.
“We anticipated to obtain a minimum of two drones from america which is able to improve our operations particularly surveillance,” Abdul Rahman mentioned.
“Now we have chosen 20-30 individuals for the unit and they’re going to bear coaching, a few of them within the US.
“This can be a first for the Malaysian Navy and it will likely be stationed at our base right here in Kota Kinabalu.”
Whereas the unit can be completely primarily based at Sepanggar, the drones will be operated in different areas of Sabah relying on wants, mentioned Abdul Rahman, including using army drones in Sabah is just not new.
“The Armed Forces’ Joint Activity Power 2 operates just a few drones throughout its Ops Pasir within the Esszone (Japanese Sabah Safety Zone),” he mentioned.
“Maybe the brand new drones for the Navy has higher expertise.”
The naval commander additionally mentioned Japanese Fleet can have new helicopters for his or her maritime operations.
“From 2020, we’ll have new helicopters larger than the Fennec for our maritime operations,” he mentioned referring to the Navy’s helicopter made by Airbus Helicopters.
“They are going to be land-based helicopters which can be acquired below a brand new procurement programme.”
Abdul Rahman additionally mentioned all six of the Navy’s Kedah-class offshore patrol vessels can be primarily based at Sepanggar from subsequent 12 months.
“4 of them have already been stationed right here. That is a part of the Navy and Japanese Fleet’s restructuring below the 15-to-5 Transformation Programme,” he mentioned, referring to a venture to cut back the Navy’s 15 varieties of ships to 5.
Earlier, Abdul Rahman launched Japanese Fleet’s open-base day for the general public along with the Navy’s 85th founding anniversary.
Seven ships, submarine and hostage rescue demonstrations, patrol boat trip and profession truthful are among the many actions that line up the open day on Saturday and Sunday.
The Navy chief additionally handed over awards to employees for his or her glorious service throughout a parade ceremony on the base on Saturday.