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Balloon goes up in Singapore

29th November 2016 - 17:04 GMT | by Chen Chuanren in Singapore

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The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) performed its first test launch of a TCOM aerostat in Singapore.

Although the project started in 2014, its launch was delayed this year after the aerostat failed to meet strict RSAF safety standards. After almost a year of rectification in the US, TCOM recently met the requirements and subsequently put the 55m aerostat into the air on 28 November.

It will likely be fitted with an Elta ELM-2022 X-band multimode radar or similar. The tethered aerostat will float at an operational altitude of 600m, enabling the RSAF to monitor low-level air and surface ...

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