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Singapore Heron 1 attains FOC

15th March 2017 - 17:49 GMT | by Chen Chuanren in Singapore


The Republic of Singapore Air Force's (RSAF) two squadrons of IAI Heron 1 MALE UAVs achieved full operational capability (FOC) on 15 March.

'The FOC of Heron 1 brings the RSAF's unmanned aerial capabilities to the level of advanced militaries globally,' said Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen.

According to the SIPRI arms transfer report, five units were acquired in 2010 to replace 40 IAI Searchers that has been in service since the mid-1990s. Based at Murai Camp, the first Heron 1 squadron, 119 Squadron, was inaugurated in May 2012.

In the past five years the RSAF has worked on training

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Chen Chuanren


Chen Chuanren

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

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