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National

Day

32

Page 10

Borneo Bulletin, Tuesday 23 February 2016

(From Page 9)

Brunei ordered the Darussalam-class OPVs

fromLurssenWerft, Germany. The first two vessels

were delivered in January 2011, with the second

batch of two ships being delivered in 2014.

Besides international naval exercises, the

Sultanate has also sent its forces in several

peacekeeping efforts in Philippines and Middle

East.

The Brunei DWP also covers strategies to

address non-conventional threats, such as cyber

security issues and the defence of Internet

infrastructure.

The document also identifies a need to

strengthen the Royal Brunei Armed Forces’ (RBAF)

capacity to defend the country’s airspace. The 33

rd

and 38

th

Squadrons of the Air Regiment, Royal

Brunei Air Force, are equipped with air defence

equipment, including Mistral and Rapier missile

launchers, to track and destroy hostile aircraft.

In keeping with the modernisation efforts

as outlined in the Defence White Paper, the

Royal Brunei Air Force (RBAirF) has acquired a

more modern fleet of Sikorsky S-70i Black Hawk

helicopters. Early last year, RBAirF received an

entire fleet of S-70i Black Hawks.

With the decommissioning of its entire fleet of

Bell 212 helicopters after 40 years of service, the

new fleet of Black Hawk helicopters is expected to

enhance the operational capability of the armed

forces as a whole.

In June, the RBAirF also announced plans to

acquiretheLockheedMartinC-130JSuperHercules

transport aircraft, as part of its modernisation for

airlift capabilities.

Upholding

the

Nation’s

Peace and

Security

Personnel from the Royal Brunei Police Force during a march-past

A pilot from the Royal Brunei Air Force flies above the Sultanate

Royal Brunei Navy’s Fast Interceptor Boat KDB Mustead

BAHYIAH BAKIR

PHOTOS: DEAN KASSIM