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The Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) will soon be adding more high-tech drones to its tactical arsenal to protect the country’s borders, Malay Mail reported.

Bukit Aman Logistic and Technology department director Datuk Sahabudin Abd Manan told the news portal that a total of 16 high-powered vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) drones will be procured.

The drones will reportedly cost RM48 million, Sahabudin added that that the spending was approved under the 12th Malaysia Plan.

“The drones will be used for assignment which involves monitoring and eliminating threats in areas along the national border such as intrusion, smuggling and cross-border crime,” he said in a statement quoted by the news portal.

The drones, which will be be managed by the Air Operations Force, will also be used to help boost the security level in border areas throughout Malaysia.

Malaysians were shocked at the price

Spending RM48 million for just 16 drones? Are they locally made, you ask?

According to Sahabudin, these high-powered drones cost more because unlike the consumer drones which we can get for as low as RM1,000, these more expensive drones will come with the latest specifications that enable them to undertake technical and observation assignments

The high-powered electric drones will be powered by batteries for longer lasting operations and are equipped with gyro-stabilised cameras with electo optical/infra red features.

These drones are capable of flying and recording high resolution videos and photos, as well as live stream, during the day and even the night.

Every drone comes with its own mobile ground station vehicle, which is equipped with a turret tracking antenna system, a weather station and a portable global navigation satellite system.

 

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