MMEA’s next-generation patrol crafts to feature Thales’ Fulmar UAS

Thales Group has secured a contract to deliver its Fulmar unmanned aerial system (UAS) for installation onto the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency's (MMEA) new generation patrol crafts (NGPC).

MMEA's six NGPC are being constructed by Destini Shipbuilding and Engineering in Malaysia.

Fulmar is a small, fixed wing UAS system, which is designed to offer quick deployment and retrieval, with minimal interference to the ship's operations whilst in motion.

The new UAS system is capable of handling a broad range of operational capabilities which includes counter-piracy, anti-smuggling operations, fisheries policing and border surveillance.

It is also equipped with automatic detection and tracking systems and automatic identification systems (AIS) that deliver high performance surveillance on a flexible platform.

With a reduced lifecycle cost and high-performance features, the Fulmar system can be easily deployed and integrated into command, control, communications, and computers intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance (C4 ISTAR) systems.

As part of the contract, Thales' employees in Malaysia will provide local training and support for Fulmar to help the authorities gain knowledge about the system and also fulfil associated operational and maintenance needs.

Destini Berhad chairman Rodzali Bin Daud said: "As the MMEA seeks to upgrade its surveillance capabilities, the Fulmar provides a competitive solution which complements its state-of-the-art vessels.

"We are pleased to partner with Thales in further developing the expertise in coastal surveillance in Malaysia."

During trials held for the Spanish Navy, the company had demonstrated the coupling of the Fulmar to the Thales Maritime Command & Control application to more than 50 European Coast Guards and FRONTEX representatives.