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Malaysia to deploy more equipment in MH370 search

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia will send more equipment to the southern Indian Ocean to join the search for Flight MH370 which went missing four months ago, a minister said Sunday.

Defense Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said a Malaysian navy ship equipped with a multi-beam echo sounder -- a device to map the ocean floor -- would set sail on August 4 for the deep-sea search zone far off western Australia.

State energy firm Petronas, together with Deftech and Phoenix International, would deploy a towed device called a synthetic aperture sonar to scan the ocean floor, he said.

Shipbuilder Boustead Heavy Industries, together with iXBlue Australia, would send a deep towed side scan sonar with a remotely operated vehicle.

"Instructions for immediate mobilisation have been given and the assets are expected to reach the search area in mid-August 2014," Hishammuddin said.

AFP


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