Air Platforms

Malaysia to deploy donated ScanEagle UAVs with navy

10 June 2019

Key Points

  • Malaysia will deploy all 12 ScanEagle UAVs it is receiving from the US with the Royal Malaysian Navy
  • The UAVs will be deployed to assist with maritime surveillance operations

All 12 units of the ScanEagle unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that Putrajaya is receiving from the US will be assigned to the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN), the country's defence ministry confirmed on 10 June.

"The RMN will receive these assets in stages beginning in 2019 till 2022, and the first batch of six ScanEagle UAV units are expected to be handed over in mid-November", said the ministry.

Malaysia is one of the beneficiary countries under Washington's Maritime Security Initiative (MSI) programme, which was first announced by then US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter at the 2015 iteration of the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore.

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