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Singapore’s new helicopter numbers revealed

19th February 2017 - 21:31 GMT | by Chen Chuanren in Singapore

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Singapore will receive 16 Airbus Helicopters H225M Caracals and ten Boeing CH-47F Chinooks as part of the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Helicopter Group's modernisation plans.

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

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