Malaysia received six ScanEagle UAS as part of maritime security assistance

The Pentagon announced in June 2019 that Malaysia, Indonesia, the philippines and Vietnam will receive ScanEagle UAS for maritime Security assistance packages. Indonesia already received ScanEagle UAS and Bell Utility helicopter as part of Security assistance. Malaysia is getting a total of 12 of 34 ScanEagle units ordered from Insitu.

Malaysia has taken delivery of the first 6 of 12 Insitu ScanEagle 2 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) – along with associated equipment – that were gifted by the United States under Washington’s Maritime Security Initiative (MSI) programme.

The first batch of platforms and equipment was delivered in late February, the Malaysian Chief of Defence Force General Affendi Buang told Jane’s. The remaining six UAVs are expected to be handed over in 2022.

The package includes training and maintenance and the ability to operate the UAVs for up to 2,000 hours for the duration of the programme.

The delivery of the ScanEagles came at a time of political upheaval in Malaysia of late that led to a new administration being sworn in on 1 March.

All 12 ScanEagles are to be operated by the Royal Malaysian Navy’s (RMN’) 601 Squadron, which was stood up in November 2018.

When the RMN first announced in November 2018 that it was getting the ScanEagles, it said Washington was only providing six UAVs and associated equipment under the MSI programme, which was initiated by the US in 2015.

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