Singapore will invest $1.66 billion to gain more access for its military troops to training areas in Australia for 25 years after the two countries signed a pact.
Singapore will expand military bases in northeast Queensland and increase number of its troops on rotation in Australia from 6,000 to 14,000, the Australian press reported Friday.
Singaporean troops will now be able to stay up to 18 weeks as compared to the current 60 days.
Singaporean Defense Minister Ng Eng Hen said, "This precious training land allows thousands of soldiers from infantry, armour, artillery, aircraft and helicopters to hone their skills together, over an area 3 times the size of Singapore," on his Facebook page Friday.
"This training will sharpen the SAF [Singapore Armed Forces] to one of the most well-trained and proficient militaries in the region, to keep Singapore and Singaporeans well protected," he added.
The amount “is indicative and sets a cap on the life-cycle costs over 25 years for advance training facilities to be jointly developed and used by both militaries,” a spokesperson of Singapore's MoD was quoted as saying by the Straits Times.
Singaporean Navy has launched its second Littoral Mission Vessel (LMV), ‘Sovereignty Saturday. "With its integrated sensors and weapons, as well as advanced C4 systems, the LMV will be more efficient and effective vessels that enhance our ability to detect and respond to current and future maritime threats," Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security Teo Chee Hean said during the launching ceremony
The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) has successfully test-fired a Barak missile from its Victory-class missile corvette RSS Vigour during Fleet Exercise conducted in the South China Sea on 22 March. Sinagpores Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen was briefed by Colonel Edwin Leong, Commanding Officer of the RSN's Missile Corvette Squadron, on the conduct of the exercise and the capabilities of the missile corvette, the defense ministry said in a press statement today
Singapores Ministry of Defence commissioned the Army Battlefield Internet (ABI) enhanced by the Software Defined Radio (SDR) at Stagmont Camp, held in conjunction with the Signal Formation 50th Anniversary Parade on March 4. Speaking at the parade, Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen noted that with the SDR, soldiers will be able to get a more accurate and timely battlefield picture, and be able to target with greater precision
Singapore has agreed to procure Airbus medium-lift H225M and Boeing heavy-lift CH47F helicopters to replace its aging fleet of Super Pumas and Chinooks. "The H225M and CH-47F possess better lift and reach capabilities and will enable the air force to meet the Singapore Armed Forces's lift requirements more efficiently with fewer helicopters and less manpower," Singaporean ministry of defense said Monday
Singapore has delayed a decision on $1 billion helicopter purchase to replace 32 ageing Super Pumas after a civilian Airbus Super Puma crashed in April this year Airbus Helicopters is the frontrunner for the order. The delay comes as Airbus Helicopters, wrestles with the latest in a series of setbacks to the H225 Super Puma, a workhorse of the offshore oil industry and widely used across the world for search and rescue and heavy military airlift operations,
Australias first P-8A Poseidon aircraft has completed its maiden flight. The aircraft flew a short distance from Renton Airfield to Boeing Field in Washington State USA, to where the P-8As sophisticated mission systems will be installed as part of project AIR 7000, Australian Department of Defense said in a statement
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