Singapore to test missiles in India
The Singapore and Indian ministries of defence inked a letter of intent on 20 November, concluding an MoU to facilitate the use of India’s Chandipur Integrated Test Range by the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF). The deal was signed at the 4th Defence Ministers’ Dialogue between India and Singapore.
Singapore’s Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen said Singapore can use the range to test systems like the Rafael SPYDER surface-to-air missile, something which would be impossible to do in Singapore.
Facing the Bay of Bengal, the Chandipur Integrated Test Range is managed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation, and it has been used to test numerous weapons such as the BrahMos cruise missile and Prithvi-2 short-range ballistic missile. India also uses the SPYDER system.
Singapore usually conducts live firing of its short-range SAMs at Overberg Test Range in South Africa under the ambit of Exercise Brightfire, plus it has fired MIM-23 I-HAWKs in Taiwan.
However, the geographical position of Chandipur will be welcomed by the SAF in terms of easing logistics and the financial cost of shipping vehicles to India.
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