The Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) is set to upgrade its radar systems to make its defensive mechanism competitive and bolster security systems in the country.
RMAF chief General Tan Sri Rodzali Daud was quoted by Bernama as saying that since the current radar system was 15 years old, and the proposal for upgrading would be discussed with the government.
As part of the upgrade, the radar systems may use new avionic technology and processing system.
Daud said they are already putting a case to upgrade and improve the capabilities in terms of processor and to address avionics.
"We are going to do that, its available and can be done. It cost money plus, it is already in our RMK but we are trying to get it earlier," Daud said.
Though the upgrading has not been finalised, it is expected to be carried out under the 11th Malaysia Plan (RMK-11).
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