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Singapore tests decentralised UAV imagery distribution system

10th October 2022 - 00:39 GMT | by Chen Chuanren in Singapore

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Singapore troops utilise the Mobile Imagery Intelligence Dissemination System in an exercise. (Photo: MINDEF)

Singapore is pushing imagery and data from UAVs down to even lower levels with a new device that was recently fielded to army troops.

The Singapore Armed Forces are currently trialling a decentralised UAV imagery distribution system, which allows troops in the field to access real-time video data from Republic of Singapore Air Force Heron 1 UAVs.

Known as the Mobile Imagery Intelligence Dissemination System (MIDS), troops with laptops can directly access and view images from the Heron Mk 1 via a secured and encrypted 4G network.

Previously, such intelligence was limited to the command post and a physical infrastructure set-up.

MIDS was developed in collaboration with the UAV Command and unspecified local partners; it was introduced in August.

The system was rolled out as part of a dual UAV operating concept in Exercise Wallaby, held in Queensland, Australia.

It was used by army intelligence forces operating the Veloce-15 UAV, who could track targets picked up by the Heron 1 from closer ranges.

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Chen Chuanren is Shephard’s Singapore correspondent, covering primarily land and sea systems. He served in …

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