Singapore’s new helicopter numbers revealed
The information was revealed in the most recent Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) arms transfer report.
Singapore's Ministry of Defence had earlier announced on 7 November that it had signed a contract for an 'unspecified number' of H225Ms to replace two squadrons of AS332/532 Super Pumas and six US-based CH-47Ds.
The report also detailed that the additional order made in 2013 for two Sikorsky S-70B Seahawks was fulfilled last year. It is likely the new variants will work closely with the Independence-class Littoral Mission Vessels, the first of which is due to commission this May.
The SIPRI report also highlighted that Singapore's TCOM aerostat will be equipped with an Elta EL/M-2083 solid-state L-band active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar.
According to the OEM's specifications, the radar is capable of detecting fighter-sized aircraft at ranges in excess of 250km, and of tracking up to 500 targets. It is uncertain if the RSAF will retain the EL/M-2022 that was delivered in 2013.
The Singapore Armed Forces acquired an additional 20 Paramount Marauder mine-protected vehicles as it inducts its new fleet of Marauders, known locally as the Belrex. The Belrex will replace the duties of Mercedes-Benz MB290 and MAN 5t trucks in high-risk areas.
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