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Future Technological breakthrough in Avionics

University Malaysia Sabah Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) Professor Dr. Shahril Yusof representing UMS Vice Chancellor Datuk Harun Abdullah at the Rafale Techno Days. - SayangSabah
University Malaysia Sabah Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) Professor Dr. Shahril Yusof representing UMS Vice Chancellor Datuk Harun Abdullah at the Rafale Techno Days. – SayangSabah

KOTA KINABALU – The future of aviation electronics also known as avionics are endless.

Scientists are constantly designing systems now to anticipate the ever-evolving warfare complexity with breakthroughs brought by the application of emerging technologies such as nanotechnologies and photonics.

These technologies mark the future airborne radar and electronic warfare systems.

Organised by Rafale International together with local collaborators, Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) and University Pertahanan Nasional Malaysia (UPNM) with the support of Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MiGHT), the Rafale Techno Days was held in Kota Kinabalu and Kuala Lumpur for two-day, starting today.

Three renown scientists came together recently to share their expertise on these domains with members of the industries and academe under the banner of the Rafale Techno Days.

The experts were Associate Professor Charlotte Tripon-Canseliet from the Pierre and Marie Curie University (UPMC, Paris, France), who has been working on nanomaterials and nano-devices in RF domain and associated technologies since 2003; and Professor Philippe Coquet from the Institute of Electronics, Microelectronics and Nanotechnologies (IEMN, Lille,France) who is working on microwave antennae, flexible electronics, nanotechnology for RF and micro fluidic.

They shared the presentation stage with Dr Jean Chazelas, Scientific Director of Thales Defence Mission Systems who holds more than 200 publications and 40 patents in the fields of semiconductor physics, spintronics, photonics, microwaves and related nanotechnologies.

Professor Datuk Harun Abdullah, Vice Chancellor of UMS said that the conference was a rare opportunity.

“This discourse is in line with UMS aspiration to impart knowledge of current issues and modern perspectives. Learning and sharing breakthroughs with industry players and other academe will enable UMS to constantly innovate as we strive for excellence,” he said.

He stated that the Rafale Techno Days was also another step that cemented the strategic partnership of UMS with MiGHT and the industry leaders of Rafale International and Thales.

“The conferences pave the way for new opportunities and possibly extend the collaborations between the Malaysian scientific community and the Research and Technology (R&T) teams at Rafale International partners,” he said.

Rafale Malaysia Program Director Daniel Fremont hoped that the links between French and Malaysian partners can be strengthened from the platform.

“We combine three complementary targets of sharing our know-how on advance technology topics, encouraging new ideas and opportunities of cooperation and strengthening our global worldwide network of excellence,” he said.

The Rafale Techno Days emphasized on the consortium’s commitment to Malaysia and to the development of scientific network based on the development of technological capabilities and human capital in the country.

These Conferences comprise a series of scientific conferences that will address various state-of-the-art technologies related to the business sectors of companies in Rafale International.

The first edition of this series of Conferences was hosted by Dassault Aviation while the second edition was spearheaded by Snecma (Safran). Dassault Aviation, Snecma (Safran) and Thales are companies that make up the Rafale International consortium, the producer of the Rafale.

Rafale International is a consortium set up by Dassault Aviation, Snecma (Safran) and Thales to promote the Rafale multi role fighter to international customers. The three partners are international leaders in the aerospace and defense markets, with more than 135,000 employees and combined revenues of 30 billion euros. – SayangSabah


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