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Defence Services Asia: Unmanned tech to support MAF jungle ops

15th April 2014 - 16:34 GMT | by Andrew White in Kuala Lumpur


Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) counter-insurgency (COIN) operations in Sabah, East Malaysia, will significantly influence future unmanned system requirements, industry sources have revealed.

In February 2013, 235 armed militants occupied an area of Sabah, East Malaysia, on behalf of the ‘Royal Security Forces of the Sultanate of Sulu and North Borneo’. The event became known as the Lahad Datu standoff.

MAF units continue to operate against insurgents under the East Sabah Support and Command (ESSCOM) and are currently utilising Insitu ScanEagle UAS in the area of operations, providing up to 20 hours of coverage every day for border protection and COIN

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Andrew White


Andrew White

Andrew is a former editor of Digital Battlespace and Unmanned Vehicles magazines. Andrew joined Shephard …

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