Malaysia's Ministry of Defence (MoD) outlined the armed forces' capability requirements for the coming 10 years in its first-ever Defence White Paper, which was published on 4 December.
The future force, which will include an amphibious component and unmanned systems, will perform its main role in three areas of operation: core (within the country's territorial limits), extended (within the country's Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ)) and forward (beyond the EEZ and on United Nations peace-keeping operations).
The White Paper, which was tabled and approved by the Malaysian Parliament on 2 December, described the main role of the armed forces as protecting the national interest and defending the country's sovereignty and territorial integrity from all threats through the implementation of maritime, air, land and cyber-electric operations.
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