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Malaysia acquires new UAV. (Asia-Pacific Report).

At the recent Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition, Malaysia unveiled its Eagle Airborne Reconnaissance Vehicle (EARV), manufactured by Composites Technology Research Malaysia Sdn Bhd (Melaka, Malaysia), in partnership with Excelnet Sdn Bhd (Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia) and BAE Systems Controls (Johnson City, NY).

The EARV is based upon the two-seat Eagle 150 airplane, built by Eagle Aircraft Pty Ltd. of Australia, and has been designed for use in military applications including incursion detection; intelligence gathering; and monitoring of troop movement, borders, and terrorist activities.

The Malaysian Armed Forces' $12.4-million development project produced three Eagle aircraft, a ground-control station, and a remote receiving station. The aircraft is approximately the size of a Cessna 172, although its fore-and-aft wing canard configuration is unusual and lends itself to enhanced performance. It is said to cruise at 120 knots and have a ten-hour flying endurance. It is equipped with a belly-mounted electro-optic surveillance camera.

BAE Systems supplied the electronics and associated systems, while modification and systems integration were carried out jointly with Excelnet.

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Title Annotation:Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition; unmanned aerial vehicle
Comment:Malaysia acquires new UAV. (Asia-Pacific Report).(unmanned aerial vehicle)(Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition)
Author:Sherman, Kenneth B.
Publication:Journal of Electronic Defense
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jan 1, 2002
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