12 Februari 2016
MD-530G Light Attack Scout Helicopters (photo : AIN)
KUCHING (Bernama) -- Malaysia will receive two MD-530G Light Attack Scout Helicopters from McDonnell Douglas at the end of the year.
Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said the latest assets proved the government was serious in strengthening defence in the Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCom) area.
"We have done the best possible in terms of preparation and planning in Sabah. We have two modified oil rigs and we have received the ship Bunga Emas 5 belonging to the Malaysia International Shipping Corporation Bhd (MISC) for sea basing...all these for strengthening defence in ESScom," he said.
He told this to the media after a gathering with Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) personnel at Kem Penrissen here, Thursday.
Also present were Deputy Defence Minister Datuk Wira Mohd Johari Baharum, Defence Ministry secretary-general Datuk Seri Abd Rahim Mohd Radzi, MAF chief General Tan Sri Zulkifeli Mohd Zin and Army chief General Tan Sri Raja Mohamed Affandi Raja Mohamed Noor.
Commenting further, Hishammuddin said, in addition, the ministry had mobilised the 8x8 armoured cars to Tawau, mobilised Hawk fighter jets to Labuan while Sabah would have a new battalion.
"What we have stationed in Sabah also encompass security in Sarawak and Brunei because His Highness (Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei) had presented us with four Blackhawk helicopters. These Blackhawks are going to be armed with Gatling guns and missiles," he said.