16th April 2014 - 5:02 by Andrew White in Kuala Lumpur
Havelsan has agreed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Malaysian company Impressive Communications to collaborate on electronic warfare (EW) database management and information systems for the Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF).
Signed on 15 April at the Defence Services Asia (DSA) exhibition in Kuala Lumpur, the MoU is aimed at improving MAF’s EW competence and will comprise a long-term relationship to jointly develop software based on Havelsan’s existing solutions. A Havelsan spokesperson said the initiative would ‘constitute the backbone of future expansion of EW capabilities in the country’.
The MoU was signed by Impressive Communications CEO Tan Sri Dato Wira Abd Halim Karim and Havelsan’s CEO Sadik Yamac.
Specifically, the agreement will include training of electrical and electronic engineering students in EW at Malaysia’s National Defense University.
The Kuala Lumpur-based Impressive Communications will act as Havelsan’s local partner in Malaysia. Impressive Communications’ Data Collection, Archiving and Transfer Service (DCATS) can be integrated into existing data servers, remote processing sites and processing software. It is capable of capturing, securing, storing and transferring ‘high volume’ data files in real time and comprises a 19-inch rack.
The Royal Malaysian Air Force currently utilises 18 Sukhoi Su-30MKM multirole aircraft for EW missions. The platforms are equipped with KNIRTI SAP-618 advanced jamming pods. MAF also operates EW units in army and navy units.
Havelsan already has a footprint in Asia-Pacific in the EW realm. It currently supports Pakistan which launched its EW Test and Training Range in 2011.