Vice-Chancellor of UniMAP Became First Malaysian to Launch UAV Aircraft in Germany

April 9, 2013

PENZBERG: The Vice-Chancellor of Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP), Brig. Gen. Dato' Prof. Dr. Kamarudin Hussin carved his name into the history book by becoming the first Malaysian to be given the honour to launch an Unmanned Aircraft Vehicle (UAV) flight, here in Penzberg, Germany, yesterday.

According to Dato’ Kamarudin, the opportunity was the first granted to outsidersand he was very proud to be given the honour of being the first Malaysian to launch the UAV.

“This accolade shows that UniMAP is increasingly being recognised and respected not only by the industry in the country but also in the international arena,” he commented during the launching ceremony of the UAV aircraft at the Military Airport of Germany, here.

Also present were the representative from EMTCompany, Horst H. Bauch, the Head of Cluster of Unmanned Aerial Systems Cluster, Assoc.Prof. Dr HazryDesa, the Dean of School of Electrical System Engineering, Dr.Mohd. FareqAbd.Malek and ShafiqHizwari Md. Hashim, the Deputy Director of UniMAP’sCentre of International Languages.

The UAV aircraft model known as LUNA is the creation of EMT Company which is based in Germany.  It is now being used in countries such as Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Germany, Pakistan and other countries for security and military purposes.

 EMT Germany is a company that manufactures UAV aircrafts and has been operating for over 30 years. Its range ofproven products includes models such as LUNA, ALADIN, MUSECO and FanCopter.

During the event, UniMAP and EMT also signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Institute of Flight System Dynamics at the Munich Technical University to enhance their cooperation in developing UAV Centre of Excellence (COEUAS) in Perlis.

This initiative was developed when Assoc. Prof Dr.HazryDesa, who is the UAV expert in UniMAP, was offered the opportunity of establishing an intellectual collaboration with EMT and both parties has agreed to organize an international conference in the field of UAV which will be held in Malaysia next year.

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