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Singapore’s Formidables to undergo midlife upgrade

3rd March 2022 - 01:32 GMT | by Chen Chuanren in Singapore

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All six of Singapore’s Formidable-class frigates will undergo a midlife upgrade. (Gordon Arthur)

With the oldest ship now 15 years old, Singapore's frigates are due for an extensive upgrade to be conducted by ST Engineering.

The Republic of Singapore Navy’s (RSN) six Formidable-class frigates will undergo a major midlife upgrade after 15 years in service.

Singapore’s MINDEF said the programme would be carried out in collaboration with the Defence Science and Technology Agency and DSO National Laboratories. Its scope includes upgrading the CMS, which would be enhanced with the latest technologies such as AI.

The frigates’ weapons and communication systems will be upgraded too to increase the ship’s lethality and networking capacity with the entire Singapore Armed Forces.

While MINDEF did not specify details of the weapon enhancements, the CMS upgrade and timely introduction

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

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