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MessageSujet: Re: Forces armées de Singapour/Singapore Armed Forces (SAF)   Jeu 26 Nov 2015 - 16:03

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Singapore Pursues Expansion of Military Training Space in Australia


26 November 2015


Leopard 2SG main battle tanks deploy to a new position while Bionix infantry fighting vehicle teams await their turn to move out of cover. (photo : Jane's)


Defence training agreements and co-operation between Singapore and Australia look set to be expanded under the Singapore-Australia Comprehensive Strategic Partnership (CSP) framework following the latest round of discussions between the defence leaders of both countries.

Singaporean defence minister Ng Eng Hen called on his Australian counterpart, Marise Payne, in Sydney on 19 November before travelling to the country's northeastern Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA) - near the city of Rockhampton in Queensland - to observe Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) troops participating in Exercise 'Wallaby' 2015: an annual drill conducted there since 1990.


A Republic of Singapore Air Force AH-64D Apache attack helicopter provides close air support for the ground assault forces. (photo : Jane's)

According to a statement by the Singapore Ministry of Defence (MINDEF), Ng and Payne reiterated their governments' commitment to enhance the bilateral defence relationship between both countries and to finalise a number of initiatives under the recently renewed Memorandum of Understanding for Cooperation in Defence Science and Technology.

MINDEF stated that new initiatives being explored include "increased access to, and enhancement of, training areas", as well as greater intelligence and security collaboration.

Speaking to reporters after an integrated live-firing drill between the SAF's armour and rotary-wing aircraft assets in SWBTA on 20 November, Ng noted that Singapore's physical limitations necessitate the use of overseas military training grounds to enable troops to train more effectively.


SAF armour assets prepare to fire on a simulated enemy position. Due to land and airspace constraints, the country regularly sends its personnel and equipment overseas for training. (photo : Jane;s)

"Obviously if [the Australian government] would allow, we would want more time and more space," said Ng, revealing that this privilege would enable the SAF to deploy more reservist troops to train alongside conscripts in future 'Wallaby' drills. The bulk of the country's fighting strength lies in its pool of male citizen-soldiers, who train full-time for two years and subsequently serve in reserve forces for a decade or more depending on their roles.

"This vast terrain, [which is] about three times the size of Singapore, provides our armoured [forces] credible opportunities for realistic training to hone their skills," he added.

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MessageSujet: Re: Forces armées de Singapour/Singapore Armed Forces (SAF)   Jeu 26 Nov 2015 - 17:44

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Singapore navy showcases operational variant of its stealthy, high-speed naval interceptor

Kelvin Wong, Singapore - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

25 November 2015

   
The Type 1 model of the Specialised Marine Craft was officially unveiled in the lead-up to Singapore's National Day celebration in August
2015. This model has been employed as a testbed for technology and operating concepts. Source: IHS/Kelvin Wong



Key Points

•The Republic of Singapore Navy disclosed further details of its naval interceptor development programme during a media event on 25 November
•The Specialised Marine Craft, which is operated by the navy's Specialised Craft Group, is specially designed to undertake a range of maritime security missions

Fresh details of the Republic of Singapore Navy's (RSN's) stealthy naval interceptor development programme were revealed during a media event at the service's primary facility of Changi Naval Base on 25 November.

The new interceptor, called the Specialised Marine Craft (SMC), made its public debut during the country's National Day celebration on 9 August as part of the military display aimed at showcasing the Singapore Armed Forces' latest capabilities. The SMC replaces the service's 20 tonne Fast Boat inshore patrol craft, which were delivered from 1990 and subsequently retired in 2008.

Lieutenant Colonel Tan Say Yong, head of the RSN's Specialised Craft Group (SCG) that operates the SMC and one of the key architects involved in its development, said the SMC's primary role is to perform inshore and coastal interception of threats at sea as one of the service's surface assets within its multi-layered and networked maritime security defence architecture


Design improvements informed by the development of the Specialised Marine Craft Type 1 have been incorporated into the operational Type 2
model, seen here approaching the pier after a demonstration sortie. (IHS/Kelvin Wong)


The SMC is also designed to perform base defence for the country's main naval operations facilities, force protection for other RSN assets, as well as participate in wider maritime security operations with the service's Fearless-class patrol vessels and future Littoral Mission Vessels.

The craft is operated by a lean crew complement of only four personnel - comprising a commander, coxswain, navigator, and weapons/communications specialist - as a result of extensive human-factor engineering that enables the crew to access critical information and functions from multifunction, reconfigurable consoles assigned to each personnel.


The Type 2 model is longer and wider than the original, and features an Oto Melara Hitrole G stabilised weapon mount for surface engagements.
(IHS/Kelvin Wong)


IHS Jane's has learnt that the RSN currently operates two distinct variants of the aluminium-hulled craft, which are designated by the SCG as the Type 1 and Type 2 models.
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MessageSujet: Re: Forces armées de Singapour/Singapore Armed Forces (SAF)   Sam 28 Nov 2015 - 22:05

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The Republic of Singapore Air Force a ajouté 8 nouvelles photos à l’album Enhancing GBAD Training at Exercise Wallaby.

They may be thousands of kilometres away from home, but the same fighting spirit is kept alive and well at this year's Exercise Wallaby! Our Air
Force and Army personnel - NSFs and NSmen alike - train closely in order to enhance our air-land integration operational capabilities.

This is especially so for our team of Ground-Based Air Defenders from 3 DA Bn and 18 DA Bn, who took full advantage of the vast training area
and assets participating in the exercise. This allowed them to train even closer with their Army counterparts as well as our fighters and helicopters
to enhance the complexity and realism of their missions.
Just check out the pictures below to find out more!

Loading the Mechanised IGLA from 18 DA Bn.
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MessageSujet: Re: Forces armées de Singapour/Singapore Armed Forces (SAF)   Jeu 3 Déc 2015 - 23:07

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Singapore Awards Lockheed Martin F-16 Upgrade Contract


Dec 3, 2015




Lockheed Martin has been awarded a USD914 million contract to upgrade the Republic of Singapore Air Force’s (RSAF’s) F-16C/D Fighting Falcon aircraft, the US Department of Defense (DoD) announced on 1 December.

The DoD said that the fixed-price incentive and cost-plus contract, awarded under the US Foreign Military Sale (FMS) mechanism, is expected to be complete by June 2023. It added that the contract is the result of a sole-source acquisition managed by the United States Air Force’s Life Cycle Management Center.

The DoD did not elaborate on the work to be included as part of the contract and the Singapore Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) said it was not planning to issue any statements about the contract award.

However, a DoD statement published in May announcing the USD130 million FMS sale of equipment to support the F-16 upgrade said the programme included the provision of 50 joint helmet-mounted cueing systems, 90 AN/APX-126 advanced identification friend or foe devices, and 150 LAU-129 missile launchers. Also included are 10 MK-82 500 lb and 3 MK-84 2000 lb inert bombs and kits for Joint Direct Attack Munitions.

A factsheet published by MINDEF in June said that the upgrade will also include the installation of an active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar, although this was not included in the list of equipment announced by the DoD in May. IHS Jane’s has previously reported that the AESA radar requested by Singapore is the Northrop Grumman AN/APG-83 Scalable Agile Beam Radar.

The RSAF operates 20 F-16C and 40 F-16D Block 52/52+ platforms, which were acquired from the late 1990s.

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MessageSujet: Re: Forces armées de Singapour/Singapore Armed Forces (SAF)   Mar 15 Déc 2015 - 21:52

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F-35 : pas d'urgence pour Singapour


Dans Actualité Défense, Actualité Avions de combat
Publié le 15/12/2015 à 15h22, par Antony Angrand


Le ministre singapourien de la défense a déclaré, à la suite d'une visite effectuée sur la
base de Luke AFB, que Singapour n'a pas d'urgence à acquérir des F-35. © RAAF



Singapour évalue toujours si son armée de l'air s'équipera de F-35 et "n'est aucunement dans l'urgence d'une prise de décision" selon son ministre de la défense, Ng Eng Hen. C'est à la suite d'une visite effectuée sur la base aérienne de Luke AFB, en Arizona, aux Etats-Unis, que le ministre singapourien de la défense a été briefé sur les capacités du F-35.

Ng Eng Hen a déclaré qu'il était "très heureux" des progrès effectués par le programme du F-35. "Deux ans auparavant nous étions ici et les hangars étaient vides... En l'espace d'un an et demi, les appareils ont effectué plus de 3 000 sorties et 5 000 heures de vol [...] plus le mature le programme sera, plus stables seront les chaînes de production, [ce qui explique pourquoi] nous ne sommes pas pressés de prendre une décision" a commenté le ministre singapourien de la défense.

Ce dernier a également ajouté que l'armée de l'air singapourienne achètera ce dont elle a besoin. "C'est l'intégration de différents aspects, la possibilité de trouver des options précises pour des besoins spécifiques, qui vont définir [les besoins] de notre armée de l'air", a t-il commenté.

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MessageSujet: Re: Forces armées de Singapour/Singapore Armed Forces (SAF)   Lun 25 Jan 2016 - 21:07

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ST Marine lays keel for Singapore's third Littoral Mission Vessel

Ridzwan Rahmat, Singapore - IHS Jane's Navy International

24 January 2016


The RSN's first-of-class LMV, Independence, during its launch ceremony on 3 July 2015. Third vessel in the class was launched on
26 November 2015. Source: IHS/Ridzwan Rahmat  



Key Points
•Singapore has laid down its third Independence-class vessel
•Republic of Singapore Navy is on track to operate all eight platforms by 2020

Singapore shipbuilder ST Marine has laid down the third of eight Independence-class Littoral Mission Vessels (LMVs) on order for the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN), a company representative told IHS Jane's on 25 January.

A keel-laying ceremony for the 1,200-tonne vessel on 26 November 2015 at ST Marine's shipyard in Jurong was attended by the country's chief of defence force, Major General Perry Lim, and navy chief Rear Admiral Lai Chung Han.

ST Marine is building all eight vessels under a contract announced in January 2013 to replace the RSN's 11 Fearless-class patrol vessels that have been in service since the mid-1990s. The platform has been jointly designed by Saab Kockums AB and ST Marine.

The LMV has a length of 80 m, a beam of 12 m, and a draught of 3 m. Powered by two MTU 20V 4000 M93 engines, the 1,250-tonne platform has a top speed in excess of 27 kt and a standard range of 3,500 n miles at 15 kt. The platform can accommodate a baseline crew complement of 23 including five officers and has a mission endurance of 14 days.

The Independence-class ships will each be armed with one Oto Melara 76/62 Super Rapid main gun as a primary weapon, two Oto Melara Hitrole 12.7 mm remote-controlled weapon stations (one each on the port and starboard sides), and one stern-facing Rafael 25 mm Typhoon stabilised naval gun system. The vessels will also be equipped with a 12-cell vertical launching system (VLS) in the forward section that can deploy MBDA's VL Mica anti-air missile system.

The platform can embark one medium-lift helicopter on its flight deck and two rigid hull inflatable boats (RHIBs) or the Protector unmanned surface vessel (USV) at its stern.
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MessageSujet: Re: Forces armées de Singapour/Singapore Armed Forces (SAF)   Dim 28 Fév 2016 - 19:28

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Peacekeeper Enhances Our Island Defence Operations

Par The Singapore Army

With the Peacekeeper Protected Response Vehicles (PRV) providing enhanced protection, accurate firepower and better manoeuvrability, it enhances our Island Defence operations, keeping us safe.

Watch how our soldiers of 792 SIR get trained with the Peacekeeper.


 
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MessageSujet: Re: Forces armées de Singapour/Singapore Armed Forces (SAF)   Lun 7 Mar 2016 - 12:39

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Singapore enhances army battlefield communications network with vehicle-based SDR technology

Kelvin Wong, Singapore - IHS Jane's International Defence Review
06 March 2016


The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) has operationalised its improved Army Battlefield Internet (ABI) system, which has been enhanced by the introduction of its new vehicle-mounted software defined radios (SDR), at a ceremony in Stagmont Camp on 4 March.

While the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) and SAF officials would only comment that the SDR was developed from a commercial off-the-shelf product that the army and the Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA) - the country's principal defence procurement organisation - customised to meet the SAF's operational requirements, IHS Jane's understands that the radio is based on the FlexNet family of tactical SDR systems jointly developed by Rockwell Collins and Thales.

One of the key features of the FlexNet system is its proprietary high data-rate ad hoc networking FlexNet waveform, which is capable of achieving a maximum claimed throughput of 6 Mbps as well as the ability to support simultaneous voice, data, and video communications within a full internet protocol (IP)-based architecture for more than 150 mobile participants.


Thales also states that FlexNet is capable of supporting legacy PR4G and PR4G-F@stnet waveforms, which are still in use by 42 countries, internationally standardised waveforms such as MIL-STD, STANAG, as well as country-specific waveforms such as Panther and SEM 93. This feature ensures waveform portability and full interoperability with existing IP-based networks and applications.

The service appears to have acquired the single-channel FlexNet-One model, which has the same form factor as the PR4G VHF radio and measures 137 mm tall, 284 mm wide, and 337 mm long. The 50W VHF/UHF system operates in the frequency range of 30 to 512 MHz with a data rate of up to 64 kbps in VHF mode and up to 6 Mbps in UHF mode. However, official MINDEF specifications state an in-service data rate performance of 21.6 kbps in VHF mode.



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MessageSujet: Re: Forces armées de Singapour/Singapore Armed Forces (SAF)   Mer 23 Mar 2016 - 10:15

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RSAF forms second local F-15SG squadron

Mike Yeo, Singapore - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly
22 March 2016


The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) has formed a second locally based squadron to operate the Boeing F-15SG Eagle multi-role fighter, adding further credence to earlier reports that it has more such aircraft than previously reported.

A Singapore-based F-15SG was seen carrying the markings of 142 'Gryphon' Squadron on its tail during a commemorative formation flight for Singapore's outgoing chief of the air force, Major General Hoo Cher Mou, on 12 March, while a photo taken at the multinational Exercise 'Cope Tiger' in Thailand and released by Singapore's Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) showed RSAF F-15SG pilots wearing the squadron's insignia on their flight suits.

IHS Jane's understands that the squadron, a former A-4 Skyhawk unit that had been deactivated in 2005 with the ending of Singapore-based Skyhawk operations, was stood up in early March.

The formation of the RSAF's second locally based F-15SG squadron follows the reported retirement of Singapore's last Northrop F-5S/T Tiger II interceptors after 36 years of operations with the RSAF. The MINDEF declined to comment when asked by IHS Jane's if the Tiger IIs had been retired.

The RSAF's F-15SGs had been split between 149 'Shikra' Squadron, based at Paya Lebar in Singapore, and the 428th Fighter Squadron (FS), based at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. The 428th FS is a joint USAF-RSAF squadron that provides continuation training for RSAF F-15SG pilots under the Peace Carvin V programme.

Singapore is confirmed to be operating at least 32 F-15SGs, with 20 aircraft currently in Singapore and the remaining 12 at Mountain Home AFB. However, in August 2014 eight F-15SGs appeared on the US Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) civilian register, leading to speculation that Singapore has ordered eight more aircraft to give a total of 40.

The reason for the eight F-15SGs being on the FAA's civilian register is unknown; neither Boeing nor MINDEF were willing to go into further detail when this was queried by IHS Jane's at the time.











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MessageSujet: Re: Forces armées de Singapour/Singapore Armed Forces (SAF)   Lun 11 Avr 2016 - 15:44

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Singapore Armed Forces to beef up cyber defence capabilities

Kelvin Wong, Singapore - IHS Jane's International Defence Review
10 April 2016


The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) is set to receive a boost to its cyber defence capabilities, with the doubling of the number of personnel assigned to the Cyber Defence Operations Hub (CDOH) by 2020, Singapore's Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen announced during the defence ministry's budget speech in parliament on 7 April.

Details of the capabilities and size of the CDOH are presently unknown. The existence of the agency was revealed to the public by Ng during a media event just ahead of the SAF Day celebration on 1 July 2013, when reporters were briefed that it is responsible for providing round-the-clock protection for Singapore's military networks that support critical functions such as communications, engineering, logistics and surveillance, as well as weapon systems.








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MessageSujet: Re: Forces armées de Singapour/Singapore Armed Forces (SAF)   Lun 11 Avr 2016 - 16:06

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Singapore put its new Elta Systems Multi-Mission Radar
Apr 9, 2016






The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) put its new Israeli Aerospace Industries (IAI) Elta Systems radar through its paces at the recent Exercise Cope Tiger.

The EL/M-2084 S-band unit, known as the Multi-Mission Radar (MMR) in RSAF service, was revealed for the first time in the multilateral exercise between Singapore, Thailand and the US.

The EL/M-2084 Multi Mission Radar (MMR) 3D AESA is the radar sensor unit of the SPYDER-MR. The EL/M-2084 operates in the S-band. It can process up to 1100 targets when in air surveillance mode and also detects targets located 250 km away. When the radar is static, it covers 120° in the azimuth.

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MessageSujet: Re: Forces armées de Singapour/Singapore Armed Forces (SAF)   Mer 13 Avr 2016 - 11:30

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Singapore Armed Forces set to boost counter-terrorism capabilities

Kelvin Wong, Singapore - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly
11 April 2016





The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) will improve its ability to respond to terrorism-related incidents and deter potential attacks with new equipment and training resources, Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen revealed during the country's latest parliamentary budget debate on 7 April.

In an official transcript released by the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) on 8 April, Ng noted that the members of the SAF's Special Operations Task Force (SOTF) - which is staffed by elite troops from the Singapore Army's Commandos and Republic of Singapore Navy's Naval Diving Unit (NDU) and leverages on assets from the three services - are the SAF's first responders against terror attacks and must be equipped with the means necessary to deal effectively with armed terrorists.

Ng said the SAF is partnering with defence science organisations to equip the SOTF with new technologies that will enable it to perform its tasks more effectively. These include palm-sized micro-unmanned aerial vehicles (micro-UAVs) that are capable of operating in complex urban terrain, as well as multi-rotor UAVs for improved situational awareness. The SOTF will also be able to leverage on intelligence gathered by the air force's Heron 1 medium-altitude long-endurance UAVs.

"The clear and present threat upon us is terrorism. As of now, there is no specific intelligence of any imminent plot against Singapore, but the general assessment by our intelligence agencies indicates that almost all cities are likely targets, including Singapore," he said, noting that countries such as Belgium, Indonesia, France, Turkey, and Pakistan have suffered attacks within the past 18 months.

To hone its troops for these missions, the SAF will build a new urban combat training facility that will feature complex road networks, transportation nodes, as well as high-rise structures with integral target training systems for live-firing drills.

While Singaporean troops are already deployed to secure critical infrastructure such as Changi International Airport and the energy and chemicals facilities on the southwestern Jurong Island, Ng said that the SAF will train and equip additional units to conduct deterrence patrols in public areas.




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MessageSujet: Re: Forces armées de Singapour/Singapore Armed Forces (SAF)   Sam 23 Avr 2016 - 22:04

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The Singapore Army

The Leopard 2SG unleashing its firepower in a live firing demonstration.



The Bionix Infantry Fighting Vehicle taking part in the firepower and mobility demonstration.

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MessageSujet: Re: Forces armées de Singapour/Singapore Armed Forces (SAF)   Jeu 28 Avr 2016 - 11:20

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Singapore calls for more defence co-operation amid increasing military spending

Ridzwan Rahmat, Singapore - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly
28 April 2016


Singapore has called for more military co-operation and dialogue even as regional defence budgets continue to rise
Also reiterated was a suggestion to expand on the usage of a naval protocol that aims to prevent tensions at sea from escalating into conflict
Despite an increase in defence expenditure globally, countries have become "too interconnected" and the price of conflict has become "too high" for any one country, warned Singapore's Minister for Defence Ng Eng Hen during an international security conference in Moscow on 27 April.

Ng suggests that it is important for militaries to increase practical co-operation and collaboration even as defence expenditures continue to rise in tandem with growing economic prosperity, especially in the Asia-Pacific region.











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MessageSujet: Re: Forces armées de Singapour/Singapore Armed Forces (SAF)   Sam 30 Avr 2016 - 10:39

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Singapore quietly introduces the VAMTAC ST5 high mobility tactical vehicle

Kelvin Wong, Singapore - IHS Jane's International Defence Review
29 April 2016






The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) has taken delivery of a number of Spanish-made 4x4 Vehículo de Alta Movilidad Táctico (VAMTAC) ST5 high mobility tactical vehicles to add to its fleet, with at least two vehicles configured as light utility or troop transport platforms observed travelling on public roads in the northern part of the country by IHS Jane's on 28 April.

A number of these vehicles - which are manufactured by URO Vehículos Especiales SA (UROVESA) and often likened to the US Army's High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV or Humvee) - had earlier been seen by IHS Jane's in open storage at a holding facility in western Singapore in October 2015, although local defence watchers have posted similar images on internet forums as early as July.

IHS Jane's Land Warfare Platforms: Logistics, Support & Unmanned reference notes that the VAMTAC platform is known to be offered in four main configurations: command-and-control, shelter carrier, chassis-cab, and pick-up, with the latter two models available with two- or four-door cabs.

Singapore appears to have selected the two-door chassis-cab option, which can be configured with a range of shelters and cargo modules to suit operational requirements. The two VAMTAC ST5s observed by IHS Jane's have been fitted with a soft-top shelter, which indicates that these particular examples could be employed as troop carrier or logistics supply vehicles. Other ST5 configurations could have been acquired, although these have yet to be seen in public.





The basic VAMTAC ST5 measures 4.84 m in length and 1.9 m in height with an overall track of 1.86 m and a gross vehicle weight (GVW) of 5,300 kg. It is in essence a facelifted S3 production model with exterior alterations such as a new front bumper and bonnet, and new lights. The ST5 range also includes the optionally armoured ST5-HD, 2HD, and 3HD variants, which can vary in GWV from 6,000 kg to 9,500 kg and feature ballistic protection of up to STANAG 4569 Level 3.

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MessageSujet: Re: Forces armées de Singapour/Singapore Armed Forces (SAF)   Mer 4 Mai 2016 - 15:22

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Singapore Set to Pick Military Helicopters As Arms Spending Rises (excerpt)
(Source: Reuters; published May 3, 2016)
By Siva Govindasamy






SINGAPORE --- Singapore will soon pick the winner of a $1 billion tender for military utility helicopters, the first of several lucrative deals the island nation is pursuing as it modernizes its air force and navy amid rising tensions in the region.

With Southeast Asia’s largest defense budget, Singapore is a key prize for global arms companies as it looks to invest in new technology and replace ageing equipment.

China's increasingly assertive actions in the South China Sea, which are worrying Southeast Asian countries, are partly a factor, say analysts, given that these have led to Singapore's neighbors spending more on their militaries.

Modern military technology also helps Singapore to keep its edge and compensates for its small size and population, said Richard Bitzinger, a regional security expert at the S.Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore.

Data from IHS, a consultancy, estimates Singapore's annual defense budget will hit $10.72 billion in 2020, up from $9.08 billion in 2015 and about $8.23 billion in 2011.

The most immediate decision for Singapore is to replace its Super Puma helicopters, which are made by European aerospace giant Airbus. Singapore is seeking around a dozen multi-mission aircraft to deploy off ships and on land.

Airbus and the helicopter division of Finmeccanica have been shortlisted and are in final discussions before a decision is made, said sources familiar with the details of the procurement. A decision will be made "soon", defense minister Ng Eng Hen said in April.

Airbus declined comment and Finmeccanica did not respond to questions.

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MessageSujet: Re: Forces armées de Singapour/Singapore Armed Forces (SAF)   Jeu 5 Mai 2016 - 22:58

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Singapore downselects helicopter contenders
Gareth Jennings, London - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly
05 May 2016

Singapore has downselected Airbus and Leonardo-Finmeccanica to replace its ageing Aerospatiale AS332M Super Puma platforms, it was reported on 3 May.

Sources familiar with the details of the procurement said that both European manufacturers will compete for the requirement to provide a dozen new helicopters to replace the 18 Eurocopter Super Pumas that have been fielded by the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) since 1985, the Reuters news agency said, adding that defence minister Ng Eng Hen noted a decision would be made "soon".

Neither company would comment to Reuters on the disclosure, but Airbus Helicopters could offer its recently relaunched H215/H215M (Super Puma), H225/H225M (already in service with the RSAF as the AS532 Cougar), or NH90 (Airbus Helicopters is the major stakeholder in the multinational programme); while Leonardo-Finmeccanica's chief medium-twin offering is the AgustaWestland AW149. While the company's AW159 Lynx Wildcat is available in both land- and sea-based configurations, it is probably too light to be considered for this particular requirement.

As noted by Reuters, the new helicopter would be required for both land- and sea-based applications, with the tender being worth some USD1 billion. No details about timelines were released.

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MessageSujet: Re: Forces armées de Singapour/Singapore Armed Forces (SAF)   Ven 20 Mai 2016 - 11:00

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Lockheed Martin to provide GMLRS to israel, Finland, Jordan and Singapore


Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control was awarded a $331,760,390 foreign military sales to supply Israel, Finland, Jordan, Singapore with Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) alternative warhead rocket pods.






Lockheed Martin Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) Alternative Warhead (AW).

Under the US Army awarded contract, Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control has to supply 290 Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) alternative warhead rocket pods, 34 unitary rocket pods and 529 reduced range practice rocket pods, the US Department of Defense announced Thursday.

GMLRS is an all-weather rocket designed for fast deployment that delivers precision strike beyond the reach of most conventional weapons. GMLRS Unitary rockets greatly exceed the required combat reliability rate and have established a reputation for affordability.

The Alternative Warhead is designed to engage the same target set and achieve the same area-effects requirement as the old MLRS submunition warheads, but without the lingering danger of unexploded ordnance.

Work will be performed in Grand Prairie, Texas; and Camden, Arkansas, with an estimated completion date of March 31, 2018.



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MessageSujet: Re: Forces armées de Singapour/Singapore Armed Forces (SAF)   Ven 27 Mai 2016 - 10:29

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Singapore navy takes delivery of its first Littoral Mission Vessel

Kelvin Wong, Singapore - IHS Jane's International Defence Review
27 May 2016






The Republic of Singapore Navy's (RSN's) Independence-class Littoral Mission Vessel (LMV) development programme has reached a key milestone with the interim delivery of the first vessel, Independence , on 26 May.

The ship will now undergo further testing by 182 Squadron, operating out of the RSN's western Tuas Naval Base.

Eight of these 1,250 tonne, 80 m long multi-mission platforms, which have been procured under a contract awarded by the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) in January 2013, will eventually replace the service's 11 ageing Fearless-class patrol vessels which entered service in the mid-1990s.

The LMVs are being built locally by Singapore Technologies (ST) Marine, the shipbuilding division of local defence prime ST Engineering, using a design jointly developed by ST Marine and Saab Kockums AB. The programme is being managed by the Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA), the country's principal defence acquisition authority.

"The journey to arrive at this stage has taken us only 51 months and it is not without bumps, but the teams rose to meet the challenges on many occasions," Ng Sing Chan, president of ST Marine, said in an emailed statement to IHS Jane's . "Considering that this is the first of its class, the duration of 51 months is an achievement worthy of mention. I'd like to thank and congratulate our strategic partners, namely DSTA and the RSN, as well as our many other partners including the Saab Kockums and DNV-GL for their contribution in the achievement of this milestone."

Independence was launched at ST Marine's Benoi shipyard on 3 July 2015, and had been put through a series of harbour acceptance tests and sea trials that lasted till April 2016.

"Performance results from these tests are within our specifications and expectations," Lieutenant Colonel Chew Chun-Chau, head of the LMV programme, told IHS Jane's , adding that the ship is expected to be fully operational by 2017.


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MessageSujet: Re: Forces armées de Singapour/Singapore Armed Forces (SAF)   Ven 1 Juil 2016 - 13:42

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Singapore Armed Forces unveils new armoured fighting vehicle
Jul 1, 2016




The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) will commission the next generation Armoured Fighting Vehicle (AFV) by 2019.

It will replace the Ultra M113 Armoured Fighting Vehicle, the army’s staple AFV which has been in service since the early 1970s and is a key component of its mechanised forces. The new vehicle, with its bigger calibre gun, will provide enhanced firepower and protection.

It also has a laser rangefinder. The soldier firing can use the laser to pinpoint the target. A digital control system will automatically adjust the direction of the gun so that the shot will hit the target.

In the Ultra M113 AFV, soldiers who are not on the vehicle can only communicate with those on board by talking, gesturing or through voice communication systems. However, as the next generation AFV is connected to the Army Battlefield Internet, they can exchange data and information through it.



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MessageSujet: Re: Forces armées de Singapour/Singapore Armed Forces (SAF)   Lun 4 Juil 2016 - 14:02

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Singapore inches closer to Chinook and Super Puma replacements

Kelvin Wong, Singapore - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly
04 July 2016




Singapore's defence minister Ng Eng Hen has reiterated that a decision on the winning bid to supply the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) with new medium-lift transport helicopters is imminent, with the service's heavy-lift helicopter fleet also due for upgrades or replacement.

In a media interview ahead of Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) Day, which fell on 1 July, Ng told reporters that the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) is "finalising evaluations for the replacement", and will be announcing it "soon".


Ng did not confirm or deny recent reports claiming that the replacement programme for the RSAF's ageing Aérospatiale AS332M Super Pumas was delayed as a result of a fatal crash of a civilian H225 medium helicopter - which is derived from the same Super Puma range now owned by Airbus Helicopters - in Norway on 29 April, which killed all 13 oil workers and crew on board.

The RSAF currently operates 32 platforms from the AS332 range, comprising 18 AS332M Super Puma and 14 AS532U2 Cougar medium multirole helicopters, which serve as the service's primary tactical lift platforms and were first delivered in 1985 and 1995 respectively. Noting that the Super Puma helicopters have already been in service for around 30 years, Ng said replacements for these platforms will be acquired by 2025.

"Safety is a big issue, obviously; effectiveness is a big issue," Ng said. "And when there are developments, the evaluation committee will look into it. You cannot ignore it, and that goes for every platform."

Press agency Reuters claimed on 3 May that MINDEF has downselected offerings from Airbus Helicopters and Leonardo-Finmeccanica to provide "a dozen" helicopters for land and maritime operations, although a subsequent report indicated that all 32 platforms will be replaced under a tender thought to be worth USD1 billion.

Ng also stated that the RSAF's tandem-rotor Boeing CH-47 Chinook heavy-lift platforms will also be upgraded or replaced.

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MessageSujet: Re: Forces armées de Singapour/Singapore Armed Forces (SAF)   Lun 4 Juil 2016 - 17:16

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New 4x4 PCSV Protected Combat Support Vehicle for armed forces of Singapore in 2017.
The Singapore armed forces unveils project of new 4x4 military vehicle, the Protected Combat Support Vehicle (PCSV). This vehicle will provide improved firepower, protection and situational awareness for motorised infantry combat support and combat service support forces.



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MessageSujet: Re: Forces armées de Singapour/Singapore Armed Forces (SAF)   Mer 6 Juil 2016 - 19:01

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Singapore Army Unveils New PCSV Armored Vehicle


06 Juli 2016


PCSV armored vehicle (photo : Mindef)


The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) unveils new Protected Combat Support Vehicle (PCSV) for for the motorised infantry forces. The PCSV will be commissioned by 2017.

The PCSV will provide improved firepower, protection and situational awareness for motorised infantry combat support and combat service support forces.

The key features of the PCSV include:

Increased Payload. The protected vehicles can carry a payload of up to 4,000kg. This allows the PCSV to be configured to carry modular load such as mortar systems, battalion casualty stations and combat supplies for different combat support and combat service support functions.

Stronger Firepower. The protected vehicles are equipped with a 7.62mm Remote Machine Gun, which is operated from within the cabin, thereby protecting soldiers who are operating the weapon from exposure to hostile fires.

Better Protection. The vehicles have ballistic and mine protection features to protect soldiers and to fulfil operational requirements.

Enhanced Situational Awareness and Coordination. The onboard C4 (Command, Control, Communications and Computers) suite of systems allow rapid information exchange with all friendly forces, increasing command and control and survivability on the battlefield. The recently commissioned Army Battlefield Internet will allow the Protected Combat Support Vehicles and Terrex Infantry Carrier Vehicles to operate on a common network, enabling the SAF’s motorised infantry forces to fight together in an integrated manner.


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MessageSujet: Re: Forces armées de Singapour/Singapore Armed Forces (SAF)   Mer 27 Juil 2016 - 16:22

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Singapore preps Paramount Marauder for 2017 rollout

Kelvin Wong, Singapore - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly
27 July 2016

The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) will soon gain a new protected logistics capability with the planned introduction of the 20-tonne 4x4 Protected Combat Support Vehicle (PCSV) by 2017.

Based on the South African Paramount Marauder mine-resistant, ambush-protected (MRAP) platform, the PCSV has been specifically designed to enable logistics units to support the army's motorised infantry combat vehicles in high threat environments.

According to official specifications released by Singapore's Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) in late June, the PCSV is operated by a crew of two seated in a protected cabin and features a payload capacity of 4,000 kg or up to eight dismounts.







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