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LIMA 2013: Companies pitch for Malaysian maritime patrol priority

27th March 2013 - 11:06 GMT | by Darren Lake in Langkawi


Critical gaps in maritime patrol capabilities that were highlighted by the Malaysian Ministry of Defence, has sparked interest from European manufacturers looking to fill this requirement.

Speaking at LIMA 2013, Roberto Valera, regional manager for Alenia Aeronautica, said that the company’s ATR 72MP would be an ideal fit for the Malaysian armed forces offering more capability with fewer aircraft.

He said that this aircraft would better fulfil the needs of a country with 5,000km of maritime borders to patrol than Alenia’s smaller rivals.

The dearth of effective monitoring was recently illustrated when armed intruders were able to land undetected in

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Darren Lake


Darren Lake

Darren has more than two decades of experience in aerospace and defence journalism. After completing …

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