The Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) and ThalesRaytheonSystems (TRS) have finalised full system acceptance for the Malaysian Air Defense Ground Environment Sector Operations Center III (MADGE) programme.
The company has supplied an enhanced national command and control (C2) system to the Malaysian Ministry of Defence (MoD), as part of an undisclosed contract, received in April 2008 for modernisation of the MADGE system.
Initially covering delivery of one new long-range air defence radar and one C2 system, the contract was further extended to include the creation of multiple operations centres with either sector operations centre (SOC) or air defense operations centre (ADOC).
CS software functionality of the SOC and ADOC is derived from the company’s Sentry Air Defense Ground Environment System.
ThalesRaytheonSystems US Operations CEO Kim Kerry said the company collaborated with Malaysian customers to integrate their conventional system and upgraded it with proven technologies, including the sentry system and the Ground Master 400 (GM 400) radar.
"The result is a system that reliably and effectively meets their requirements," Kerry added.
The MADGE system is capable of operating in real-time, and features multiradar tracking and a flexible human-machine interface.
The GM 406 is a fully digital 3D air defence radar, designed to safeguard vital military assets and expeditionary forces through detection of a wide range of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), missiles, mortars and rockets from very low to high altitudes.
Capable of withstanding Malaysia’s tropical environment, the radar can operate simultaneously over mountainous terrain, coastal plains and oceanic approaches, and is also expected to offer additional long-range surveillance capabilities to the air force.
Sentry is an advanced C2 system and is interoperable with all airborne, land and sea-based systems and sensors, to improve situational awareness.
Image: The Ground Master 400 radar has been integrated into the Royal Malaysian Air Force’s MADGE system. Photo courtesy of Thales.