Thales’ Fulmar unmanned aerial system (UAS) is being supplied to the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) to equip six New Generation Patrol Crafts (NGPC).
Fulmar, a small fixed-wing UAS, will be installed on six New Generation Patrol Craft now being built by Destini Shipbuilding and Engineering Sdn Bhd.
The Fulmar features automatic detection and tracking systems and an automatic identification system, which will extend the operational capabilities of the Malaysian maritime surveillance fleet.
The coupling of UAS to Maritime Command & Control applications and C4 ISTAR systems is vital to many Coast Guards and Navies. The Fulmar’s ease of at sea, on the move launch and retrieve capabilities, have shown their capabilities and potential value to Malaysia in the region.
Fulmar will extend the operational capabilities of the Malaysian maritime surveillance fleet, proving a broad range of operational capabilities including counter-piracy, anti-smuggling operations, fisheries policing, and border surveillance.
Automatic detection and tracking systems and Automatic Identification Systems (AIS) deliver unrivaled high-performance surveillance on a flexible platform.
The range of the catapult-launched drone is about 700 kilometers, enabling much greater surveillance of the coastline, as well as coverage of the disputed Spratly Islands.
“As the MMEA seeks to upgrade its surveillance capabilities, the Fulmar provides a competitive solution which complements its state-of-the-art vessels,” said Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Rodzali Bin Daud, chairman of Destini Berhad.
“We are pleased to partner with Thales in further developing the expertise in coastal surveillance in Malaysia.”
Thales employees in Malaysia will provide local training and support for the Fulmar starting this year to ensure knowledge transfer for the system’s operational and maintenance needs.
The supply of Thales’ Fulmar UAS system will enable Malaysia’s maintenance of remote surveillance within the disputed South China Sea area. As the area’s geo-importance increases, it’s likely to become a hotbed of innovation and disputes.