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Singapore Airshow: RSAF aerostat being tested

9th February 2016 - 10:34 GMT | by The Shephard News Team in Singapore

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The Republic of Singapore Air Force's (RSAF) new aerostat is currently undergoing manufacturer testing to meet its safety and operational standards, the national defence ministry said on 7 February in response to media queries.

The aerostat, in its deployed state, will be secured to ground mooring through high-strength winch lines and a Kevlar tether designed to withstand strong winds and lightning strikes.

Radiation from the aerostat’s radar equipment will be as safe as mobile phone radiation. It will also be certified as compliant with the IEEE C95.1-2005 standard. The location of the aerostat's deployment has not been revealed.

The safety procedures that will be applied by the RSAF will be in line with the US Federal Aviation Authority’s regulations for the operation of aerostats. The RSAF has been working with the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore to ensure safe operation of the aersotat.

Singapore’s Minister of Defence Ng Eng Hen announced on October 2014 that the aerostat would be deployed to ‘improve our surveillance capabilities significantly’.

The 55m-long craft from TCOM in the US will operate from a maximum altitude of 600m. 

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