KUANTAN, May 26 – The Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) has to expedite upgrading the national defence radar system as some of the radars are more than 15 years old. RMAF chief General Tan Sri Rodzali Daud said the matter had been discussed with the government. “If everything goes well, RMAF will enhance the existing radar system and hope the matter can be considered. “RMAF is also studying the need to upgrade the airspace detecting system, which is also a priority, apart from the national defence radar system,” he said at a media conference in conjunction with the Defence Ministry and RMAF Media Day at the Kuantan Airbase today.
Rodzali said the country’s defence, as well as its military capability, depended on its strength to defend its air space, apart from launching attacks within a short period. Earlier, Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said the country’s radar system and national defence should be re-evaluated being that the government had exposed its military capability and assets during the search and rescue mission for MH370. On the RMAF’s 56th anniversary celebration on Sunday, Rodzali said the theme, ‘Air Power, National Power’, took into account the interest and capability of air defence in safeguarding the country’s sovereignty.