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Malaysia commences hunt for hybrid UAVs

21st June 2021 - 00:26 GMT | by Dzirhan Mahadzir in Kuala Lumpur

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The Malaysian military has been using domestically built Aludra UAVs, but the army is now looking for a hybrid UAV platform. (Gordon Arthur)

Fixed-wing hybrid UAVs are on the cards for the Malaysian Army, as well as new RPGs and radio-equipped vehicles.

Malaysia issued two separate tenders on 18 June for the supply of UAVs and ‘fitted for radio’ (FFR) vehicles for the Malaysian Army.

The UAV tender calls for two sets of UAVs for the army’s Military Intelligence battalion within two months of contract signing.

Each set is to comprise three fixed-wing hybrid VTOL vehicles, three portable ground control stations, three payloads (of not more than 2kg weight and having an EO camera, IR camera and laser rangefinder), three data links, a single command vehicle (a pickup chassis with rear cabin containing three crew seats and two consoles), a UAV ...

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