“Malaysia taps American fund to convert transport planes for maritime surveillance role” –Defense News

A model of the PTDI CN-235 hybrid gunship-maritime patrol aircraft is on display at the 2020 Singapore Airshow. (Mike Yeo/Staff)

Defense News reports,

Malaysia will convert two Indonesian-built CN-235 transport aircraft into maritime patrol platforms using U.S. funding set aside for regional nations to improve maritime security, a top general confirmed.

Malaysian Armed Forces chief Gen. Affendi Buang said the plan is to convert three of the military’s seven PT Dirgantara Indonesia-made CN-235s into unarmed maritime surveillance aircraft.

Work will be carried out by PTDI’s facilities in Indonesia using funding from the Maritime Security Initiative.

Is there a USCG connection? Only that the CN-235 is also known as the HC-144 and the Coast Guard has 18 of them.

5 thoughts on ““Malaysia taps American fund to convert transport planes for maritime surveillance role” –Defense News

    • It is about what is possible, should the need arise.

      I do think, perhaps, there might be a reason to have the fixed wings capable of providing warning shots across the bow and an armed over-watch when PCs or PBs are engaged in law enforcement operations since, unlike larger ships, they only have one boat and they don’t have a helicopter to provide equivalent protection.

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