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Singapore opens Island Defence Training Institute

2nd August 2017 - 01:05 GMT | by Chen Chuanren in Singapore

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The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) officially opened its Island Defence Training Institute (IDTI) on 31 July, in response to growing terrorism threats in the region. 

The IDTI aims to address all homeland security training for the SAF, and to enhance linkages with homeland security forces, especially the Army Deployment Force. 

The IDTI comprises the Homeland Security Training Centre, Island Defence Training Centre, Security and Policing Leadership School and the Security and Policing Vocational School situated across Clementi and Mowbray camps.

A key technology employed to enhance training realism is the Judgmental Video Simulation, which is currently situated in the Multi-Mission Range Complex in Pasir Laba Camp.

The Ministry of Defence said this simulation system can accurately present challenges that soldiers may experience when deployed in a public setting, and it will hone their thinking processes and application of rules of engagement. 

Although the Judgmental Video Simulation opened in October 2013, the SAF and Defence Science and Technology Agency have developed three new training scenarios. These are: active shooter, vehicle checkpoint and coastal patrol, designed to better represent the missions the SAF will conduct and the threats seen in various terror incidents. 

For example, the first scenario simulates a shooter in a shopping mall, and a hostage situation where the trainee aims to deescalate the situation. It took about a month to develop these training scenarios.

The trainee is also able to engage a target with live rounds. Acoustic sensors calculate where the rounds hit, and scenarios develop accordingly. Each scenario can be configured to present different outcomes for hostile situations. 

The IDTI aims to train 18,000 active and reservist soldiers annually. 

Chen Chuanren

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

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