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Singapore employs aerostat as radar cover

3rd November 2014 - 15:28 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Hong Kong


A helium-filled aerostat will be tethered inside an undisclosed military base in Singapore to provide high-resolution radar coverage of sea-space and airspace out to a 200km range.

Singapore’s Minister of Defence Ng Eng Hen announced on 28 October 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. 

Singapore’s existing radar coverage is seriously hampered by its small size and relatively low geographic features. For example, an FPS-117 radar is situated on Singapore’s second-highest natural feature, Bukit Gombak, which is just 133m

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Gordon Arthur


Gordon Arthur

Gordon Arthur is the Asia Pacific editor for Shephard Media. Born in Scotland and educated …

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