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Singapore special ops gets new command centre and UAVs

4th December 2019 - 23:00 GMT | by Chen Chuanren in Singapore


The Singapore Special Operations Task Force (SOTF) has inaugurated the Special Operations Command Centre (SOCC) as the country’s armed forces evolve to deal with changing terror threats. The SOTF has also acquired the Flare Dynamics Rapide-i4 VTOL UAS to gain an organic ISR capability.

Based at the Commando formation’s base in Hendon Camp, the SOCC is linked to ‘whole-of-government’ agencies and network, such as the police, and it receives live data and images from multiple incident sites.

This will enable the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) to better react to a coordinated attack by terrorists, a capability lacking in the current system.

Powered by data analytics and AI developed by the SAF and Defence Science and Technology Agency, the SOCC is able to fuse information collected from various sources, including UAS, and give planners richer operational insights.

Data is able to be transmitted to operators at an incident site, shortening planning and execution cycles, and enhancing situation awareness and operational responsiveness of the SOTF.

The four-rotor Rapide-i4 was developed by Singapore firm Flare Dynamics. Weighing 4.6kg, it is able to carry either an EO or infrared camera of similar weight, and it has an endurance of 36 minutes. Its basic range is 2km, but a range extension option is available from the supplier. 

In 2019 the Commando formation and SOTF celebrated the 50th and 10th anniversaries of their establishment respectively.

Chen Chuanren


Chen Chuanren

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

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