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DSA 2022: Tactical UAV points way to Malaysian self-reliance

29th March 2022 - 09:00 GMT | by Dzirhan Mahadzir in Kuala Lumpur


The Deftech Tactical UAV made its show debut at DSA 2022. (Photo: Dzirhan Mahadzir)

The Malaysian-developed Deftech Tactical UAV was designed to reduce reliance on foreign OEMs.

Deftech Unmanned Systems (UST) unveiled its indigenous Deftech Tactical UAV on 28 March, during the first day of the Defence Services Asia (DSA) 2022 exhibition in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

A company official told Shephard that the Deftech Tactical UAV was designed by Deftech UST to reduce reliance on foreign OEMs by using COTS components.

The Deftech Tactical UAV is housed in a composite body developed, designed and fabricated by Deftech UST. In addition, systems integration is also done in-house by the company.

‘We are trying to reduce as much of the cost of the UAV by avoiding dependence on foreign

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Dzirhan Mahadzir


Dzirhan Mahadzir

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

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