Long-distance air defence radar in Bintulu for border control, says Tok Mat

PUTRAJAYA: The GM400 long-distance air defence radar will be installed in Bintulu, Sarawak as the main radar of the Armed Forces to ensure continued border control in the country, says Defence Minister Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan.

"The procurement of the high-capacity radar will give added value to MAF to protect the borders from being encroached and identify any problems faced in the South China Sea," he told a media conference after the graduation ceremony of the National Resilience College (NRC), MAF Defence College (MPAT) and MAF Staff College (MTAT) 2023 here on Saturday (Dec 9).

On Friday (Dec 8), Mohamad witnessed the signing of the letter of agreement (LOA) between the Defence Ministry and Thales Group for the (GM400) long-distance air defence radar for the Air Force.

Regarding the meeting with his French counterpart, Sebastian Lecornu on Friday, he said Malaysia would host bilateral talks with France next year.

"This will further enhance the bilateral ties and defence diplomacy. Much can be learned, especially in terms of the latest asset technological sophistication where we send our officers there to learn about," he said.

Regarding the pension issue of Armed Forces veterans, Mohamad said the veterans’ pension adjustment would be done together with the study of the Public Service Remuneration System (SSPA) under the Public Service Department (JPA) because the veterans and the Armed Forces were included in the civil servant remuneration system.

"The ministry did give input for the government (in the SSPA) and JPA can provide a package of civil servant remuneration scheme and civil servant pension remuneration," he said.

Meanwhile, Mohamad urged Armed Forces officers to improve their knowledge and be prepared to face various challenges and changes in the world.

"Defence diplomacy is extremely crucial at this moment and in the future, as such we must always cultivate friendship and relationships with our comrades in arms, both inside and outside the country, for the strategic interests of our country," he said.

Saturday's graduation ceremony involved 273 Aird Force officers from the three branches of the service, foreign armed forces as well as administrative and diplomatic officers. - Bernama

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