Aussies: We are sharing everything with Malaysian authorities

PETALING JAYA - Australia's Department of Defence said it was sharing all information relating to Flight MH370 with the Malaysian authorities.

A spokesman from the department, when contacted yesterday, responded to claims by several news portals that the country was not disclosing information on whether its surveillance systems had spotted the missing Boeing 777-200ER plane.

"As part of the international search effort for the missing Malaysia Airlines aircraft, any defence information relating to Flight MH370 is passed on to the Malaysian authorities," she said in an e-mail reply to The Star.

Aviation Week news portal reported that Australia declined to say whether its Jindalee over-the-horizon (OTH) radar system had tracked the aircraft.

Another local daily also speculated that Australia's Jindalee and Pine Gap facilities might have crucial radar and satellite readings that could assist in the search.

The Malaysian Government on Monday asked Australia to take responsibility for the "southern vector" of the operation to locate the missing aircraft.

The Australian Defence Depart­ment, however, declined to comment on reports about the capabilities of the country's Jindalee and Pine Gap surveillance facilities.

Publicly available information regarding the Jindalee Operational Radar Network is available at

Meanwhile, Britain has offered further support to Malaysia in its bid to locate the jetliner.

British Prime Minister David Cameron, who made a call to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on Tuesday evening, expressed his heartfelt sympathies for the families and friends of those on board MH370.

Najib said he appreciated the support that Britain had provided through the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) and the satellite data from Inmarsat.

"The AAIB team with a Rolls-Royce engine expert was deployed to Malaysia on March 13 to assist the Malaysian Department of Civil Aviation with the investigation and data analyses," the British High Commission said in a statement.