Expert: Have warning system on air attacks

  • Nation
  • Sunday, 08 Jun 2003


JOHOR BARU: Malaysia should speedily put in place an Aircraft Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) system in view of the “pre-emptive strikes doctrine” being advocated by certain countries. 

An editor with a regional defence and security magazine said, an AEW&C platform would enable the country to better monitor its airspace and ocean surface for the presence of aircraft, missiles, ship and fixed targets. 

“An AEW&C platform is like a flying radar which can detect aircraft hundreds of miles from our shore. It provides better control of airspace and detects any incoming aircraft or missiles at an early stage. 

“That alone represents an effective countermeasure against any move to launch a pre-emptive strike,” Asian Defence Journal editor M.G. Mahmud said.  

During the recently concluded Asia Security Conference in Singapore, Australian Defence Minister Robert Hill re-ignited the controversy about pre-emptive strikes by saying that Canberra was prepared to defy international law in order to protect its citizens. 

“There will be limited circumstances in which self defence will require anticipatory action to pre-empt adversaries unleashing massive destruction,” he said. 

Last week, Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) chief Jen Abdullah Ahmad said the country needed a minimum of four AEW&C aircraft to bolster the surveillance of its airspace. 

Defence Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, in replying to Abdullah’s comment, said the purchase of such aircraft needed a thorough study as it involved huge financial commitments. – Bernama  

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