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Singapore Airshow 2020: Malaysia to convert to maritime surveillance aircraft

5th February 2020 - 05:45 GMT | by Dzirhan Mahadzir in Kuala Lumpur

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The Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) will convert three of its seven CN-235 transport aircraft into unarmed maritime surveillance platforms under a US-funded programme. 

Work is expected to begin in April or May, with one aircraft being converted at a time. Each conversion is expected to take 6-8 months.

The work will be carried out by manufacturer PT Dirgantara in Indonesia. Mission systems integrators will be US companies Science and Engineering Services International, and Integrated Surveillance and Defense Inc.

No details have emerged on what systems will be carried, but Shephard understands they will be geared towards maritime surveillance rather

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Dzirhan Mahadzir

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Dzirhan Mahadzir is a freelance defense journalist and analyst based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, who …

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