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    Insitu Pacific to Supply ScanEagle to Singapore Navy

    Posted on July 10, 2012 by The Editor

    Insitu Pacific, the Australia-based subsidiary of Insitu Inc., announced that it was awarded a contract to provide its ScanEagle to the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN). The delivery of these systems will be accompanied by training, logistics and ship installation, as well as specialist in-country maintenance support. The ScanEagle UAS is being fitted for the fastest ships in the RSN’s fleet, the missile corvettes.

    Recent RSN sea testing and other trials have demonstrated that the ScanEagle UAS improves situational awareness at sea. ScanEagle is uniquely suited to maritime operations and offers the substantial advantage of being used in conjunction with rotary wing assets. The system does not require a helicopter deck or hangar storage space in order to be operated, and it can be integrated on small vessels like corvettes and patrol boats. It is unique in offering smaller naval surface combatants that do not have helicopter decks or handling facilities, a capable and proven intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) solution.

    Insitu Pacific’s ScanEagle UAS offers unrivalled persistence and situational awareness with an endurance of greater than 24 hours and a flexible range of payload options. With its small operational footprint, the system is one of the most proven-at-sea tactical UAS available in the world today. Insitu’s ScanEagle has surpassed 600,000 combat flight hours globally, including more than 23,000 shipboard flight hours and 2,900 shipboard sorties.

    “Insitu Pacific is extremely pleased to be working closely with the Republic of Singapore Navy for the provision of the ScanEagle UAS. ScanEagle’s proven capability as a highly persistent ISR force multiplier in the maritime domain will provide Navy commanders with an organic ISR capability offering significant operational advantages,” said Insitu Pacific Managing Director Andrew Duggan. “ScanEagle is unique in that it is the only proven fixed wing UAS solution operating from ships in the world today with over 23,000 shipborne flight hours globally. It also has the advantage of not requiring the use of a helicopter deck. This is critical on Frigates and smaller combatants where there is often only space to embark and operate one rotary wing platform at a time.”

    Source: Press Release

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    RSN Conducts Successful Missile Firing

    (Source: Singapore Ministry of Defence; issued July 23, 2012)

    Singapore’s upgraded missile corvette RSS Victory fires an Israeli-made Barak missile at a drone target simulating an attack; the target was destroyed. (S’Pore MoD photo)

    The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) conducted a live-firing of the Barak anti-missile missile in the South China Sea earlier today as part of the 18th annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercise which Singapore is conducting with the United States.

    The missile was fired by the upgraded RSN missile corvette RSS Victory against an air drone target simulating an attacking profile. The target was successfully destroyed.

    Commanding Officer RSS Victory Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Eric Tan Wei Hong said that the exercise was professionally valuable to both the RSN and the United States Navy. "The CARAT exercise allows personnel from both navies to work and interact closely with each other and this has also deepened our friendship and mutual understanding", said LTC Tan.

    Commenting on the success of the missile firing, Weapon Systems (Control) Supervisor Military Expert 2 Jeyabal Sundaraju, who fired the Barak missile said, "the realism and tempo of the exercise has been a fruitful experience for me and my team onboard RSS Victory. Our training and preparation ensured that we were ready and we are glad that we have hit the target and achieved mission success."

    The firing was witnessed by Chief of Navy Rear-Admiral Ng Chee Peng. Similar missile firings have been conducted in previous CARAT exercises. The exercise is presently ongoing and will conclude on 27 Jul 2012.


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    MINDEF Signs Contract with ST Engineering for the Construction of Eight New Vessels

    (Source: Singapore Ministry of Defence; issued Jan 30, 2013)

    MINDEF has signed a contract with Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd for the design and construction of eight new naval vessels to replace the existing Fearless-class Patrol Vessels (PVs) in the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN). The PVs will reach the end of their operational lifespan in 2020 after being in service for more than 20 years.

    The new vessels will be equipped with enhanced combat systems and integrated communications suite that enable the RSN to undertake a wide range of maritime security operations and carry out its mission of safeguarding Singapore’s vital sea lines of communications more effectively.

    The first vessel is expected to be delivered in 2016 and all eight vessels will be fully operational by 2020.


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    Singapore Contracts for 2 New German Subs

    Dec. 2, 2013 - 04:10PM | By WENDELL MINNICK

    The Singapore submarine Challenger undergoes sea trials. The Challenger class of subs are being replaced. (Peter Nilsson / Kockums AB via Wikipedia)

    TAIPEI — Singapore’s Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) signed a contract to procure two new Type 218SG attack submarines from ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems.

    Signed on Nov. 29, the contract includes a logistics package, crew training in Germany, and air independent propulsion (AIP) systems, with projected delivery in 2020.

    In March, Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen announced plans before the Committee of Supply Debate to replace the Challenger submarines. “The replacement submarines will have significantly improved capabilities and will enhance our ability to keep our sea lines of communication [SLOC] safe.”

    According to a MINDEF press release, the new submarines, along with Singapore’s two refurbished Archer-class submarines, will replace four 1960s-vintage Challenger-class submarines procured by Singapore in the 1990s.

    The 1,500-ton Archer-class submarines were procured in 2005 and went into Singaporean service in 2011/2012. As former Swedish Vastergotland-class submarines built in the 1980s, the 1,300-ton Archers were refitted with AIP and retailored for tropical water service. MINDEF did not release contract details or cost.

    Singapore’s Navy has been undergoing modernization efforts to deal with increased defense requirements related to piracy, terrorism, SLOC, and territorial disputes in the region. It signed a contract in 2000 for six 3,800-ton Formidable-class frigates from French shipbuilder DCN. All six are now in service.

    In Ng’s March speech, the defense minister said Singapore was coming close to a decision on the F-35 fighter aircraft.

    “Our F-5s are nearing the end of their operational life and our F-16s are at their mid-way mark,” he said. “For the longer term, the RSAF [Republic of Singapore Armed Forces] has identified the F-35 as a suitable aircraft to further modernize our fighter fleet. We are now in the final stages of evaluating the F-35. So in the interest of transparency, I'm telling you we're now in the final stages of evaluating the F-35.”

    Ng’s comments will no doubt heighten expectations for the upcoming Singapore Airshow, scheduled for Feb. 11-14, 2014.

    Ng said the SAF’s recent operationalized Leopard tanks, Terrex Infantry Carrier Vehicles, the G550 Airborne Early Warning Aircraft, and the Formidable-class frigates, which “taken together, will ensure that the SAF remains a credible and effective force to serve our defense needs for the next decade or two.”

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    ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems Receives Major Submarine Order from Singapore

    (Source: ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems; issued Dec. 2, 2013)

    ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems, a company of ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions, has signed a contract for the delivery of two submarines of HDW Class 218SG to Singapore.

    HDW Class 218SG is a customised design from ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems. The submarines, which will be fitted out with an air independent propulsion system, are going to be built at the Kiel premises of ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems.

    Compared to the present ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems submarines, the new design has been customised to house additional equipment for present and future operational requirements. Special attention has also been paid to the ultra-modern layout of the tailor-made Combat System of these submarines. ST Electronics, being part of the ST Engineering group, will co-develop such Combat System with Atlas Elektronik GmbH.

    Dr. Hans Christoph Atzpodien, Chairman of the Management Board of Business Area Industrial Solutions of ThyssenKrupp AG, underlines the importance of the order: “We very much look forward to continue the co-operation with the Republic of Singapore Navy which has already been a customer of ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems. The new order is an affirmation of our high-end products and services and will further strengthen our position as a world market leader in the sector of non-nuclear submarines. The contract does not only safeguard jobs at ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems, but also several hundred jobs at subcontractors.”

    A full range of specialist engineering and construction services and a shipbuilding history stretching back centuries are the strengths of the Industrial Solutions business area. High-quality engineering is at the center of our success. Global project management skills, first-class system integration expertise, reliable procurement and supplier management, and a service offering meeting the highest standards form the basis for lasting customer satisfaction. 18,000 employees at over 70 locations form a global network with a technology portfolio that guarantees maximum productivity and cost-efficiency.


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    Is a Light Carrier in Singapore's Future?

    Mar. 1, 2014 - 11:08AM | By WENDELL MINNICK

    Assault Capability: A model of ST Engineering Marine's Endurance-160 multirole support ship reconfigured to accommodate F-35B joint strike fighters. (Wendell Minnick)

    TAIPEI — For years, Singapore’s ST Engineering Marine has been parading a ship model of a landing helicopter dock (LHD) vessel that could handle the jump-jet variant of the F-35 joint strike fighter.

    The model was most recently on display at last month’s Singapore Airshow. And while Singapore’s Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) won’t confirm that it has plans to build such a vessel, it’s also not denying it.

    The model shows a variant of the Endurance-160 multirole support ship configured as an LHD.

    MINDEF confirmed that Singapore has expressed an interest in the F-35B, as illustrated by the recent inspection of the aircraft by Defense Minister Ng Eng Hen during his visit to Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., in December.

    In an interview transcript released by the Defense Writers Group, conducted in late July, US Air Force Gen. Herbert Carlisle disclosed that Lt. Gen. Ng Chee Meng, Singapore Defence Force chief, had told him that Singapore would procure the F-35B.

    “I know that’s a decision that’s been made and that’s why they’re part of the program, but I don’t know where they’re at in putting that in the budget,” said Carlisle, commander of Pacific Air Forces.

    Four 14,000-ton Endurance multirole support ships already serve in the Singapore Navy as landing ship tank (LST) vessels, and ST Marine delivered its first export order for the vessel to Thailand in 2012.

    Though significantly smaller than the 40,000-ton US Wasp-class LHD amphibious assault ships, outfitting a 14,000-ton vessel such as the Endurance with F-35Bs is not a new idea. South Korea’s LPH-6111 Dokdo-class and Japan’s Hyuga-class “helicopter destroyer,” each 14,000 tons, reportedly have had their flight decks covered with urethane to make them resistant to jet engines.

    Factors driving Singapore’s need to build light aircraft carriers include maintaining the sea lines of communication in the Malacca Strait, consolidation plans that reduce air bases from three to one, lack of strategic depth, and unresolved histories that include animosity and violence with Indonesia and Malaysia.

    An unsettling reminder occurred during the Singapore Airshow in mid-February, when Indonesia named a Navy corvette “the KRI Usman Harun” in honor of the two marines who planted a bomb in a Singapore bank building in 1965 as part of then-President Sukarno’s “confrontation” policy. More than 30 bombs were set off in Singapore during the crisis. In 1968, Singapore hanged both men. Singapore has protested the naming and barred the Nakhoda Ragam-class vessel from entering Singapore.

    A short-takeoff, vertical-landing (STOVL) jet is well suited for Singapore’s congested land mass, said Carl Thayer, professor at the Australian Defence Force Academy.

    “Singapore is in the process of consolidating its three military airfields. The reduction in runways is compensated for by the F-35s ability to take off in a short space. A fully loaded F-35B needs only 168 meters of runway,” he said. “In addition, the F-35B has demonstrated that it can land and take off easily from ships at sea.”

    In August, the F-35B performed its first night vertical landing aboard WASP. This type of capability would “suit Singapore future procurement plans,” Thayer said.

    But not everyone is sold on the idea.

    “I’m sure it has its appeal, not just from a power-projection and anti-piracy perspective but also from a force survivability standpoint,” said Richard Aboulafia, vice president for analysis at the Teal Group, Fairfax, Va. “But it would add considerably to Singapore’s F-35 acquisition bill.”

    Costs could increase as much as 25 percent to buy and operate the F-35B relative to the standard takeoff version. This would mean fewer planes, Aboulafia said.

    “Singapore, as an island nation, realizes their combat aircraft runways would be vulnerable and likely targets,” said Guy Stitt, founder and president of AMl International, a Bremerton, Wash., naval analysis firm. “A STOVL capability gives them the ability to ensure combat air capabilities could be maintained without runways, although vertical take-off does eat a lot of fuel.”

    The Endurance LHD design would require considerable enlargement and revamping to operate and store fixed-wing aircraft, said AMI’s chief analytical officer, Patrick Bright. The vessel would require a ski ramp and a larger elevator to handle the F-35B.

    Singapore appears to be eager to procure either the F-35B or a light aircraft carrier. With the procurement of submarines and the littoral mission vessel, “I imagine the new multirole vessel design would follow them starting in 2021,” Stitt said.

    The time frame would fit with plans to upgrade the country’s F-16 fleet and allow for others to iron out bugs in the F-35B program, Thayer said.

    MINDEF officials said Singapore is in “no hurry” to buy the F-35. ■

    Email: wminnick@defensenews.com.

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    More pics of this design..............

    The original version LPD is behind this shot.............

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    If an enemy is capable of crippling Singapore's airfields, I don't see them having too much trouble sinking this thing as well, so I can't really see the point. Some sort of ASW ship would make far more sense.

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    They've got ASW pretty well saturated with both Frigates, Corvettes and ASW aircraft and helo's, never mind their nascent submarine fleet being bolstered with 2 x Type 218's..........what they now want, apparently, is to make certain capabilities available much further out into the sea lanes..........makes sense from that view point BUT all of this, including the article, is supposition unless and until some Contracts are placed.

    It does appear though, that evryone and his Mother is thinking shit may happen far away from land mass and near-shore sea lanes..........SLOC anyone?

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    SAF considers buying larger ship for humanitarian ops

    SAF personnel unloading relief supplies from an RSAF C-130 in Tacloban, Philippines. The experience has underscored the need for a JMMS, said Dr Ng. Photo: MINDEF

    The Joint Multi-Mission Ship can help with disaster relief amid increasing demands for military to do so: Dr Ng

    By Xue Jianyue

    Published: July 1, 4:03 AM

    The ST Engineering Marine's Endurance-160 multirole support ship above is probably what they are thinking about.......

    SINGAPORE — The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) is considering buying a Joint Multi-Mission Ship (JMMS) — a larger ship compared with the Land Ship Tanks (LSTs) on the SAF’s books — that will enable it to send more helicopters to crisis-hit areas.

    Revealing this in a media interview last week to mark SAF Day today, Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen noted an increasing recognition by militaries around the world, including the SAF, that “in specific circumstances, the military is an organisation which, if it can, can step forward to help”.

    Citing humanitarian assistance and disaster relief as clear examples, he said: “We know that the responsibility falls squarely on the SAF to protect Singapore, that we are very clear. But beyond that, we recognise that there are increasing demands for what we call expanded operations ... During the haze, the SAF also stepped forward to distribute masks.”

    He said the SAF’s experience in helping with relief efforts for Typhoon Haiyan, which hit the Philippines in November last year and reportedly killed thousands of people, underscored the need for a JMMS, which has greater capacity and longer range than the LST. The latter can carry two Super Puma helicopters or one Chinook.

    “The typhoon was so devastating that … communications were knocked out. There was no centralised ability for command and control for the air space. And in that context, a ship such as the JMMS would be very useful,” said Dr Ng.

    The Ministry of Defence is in the final legs of evaluating what is required for such a ship, said Dr Ng.

    In April, Singapore offered to host a regional humanitarian assistance and disaster relief coordination centre at its Changi Command and Control (C2) Centre. Dr Ng said that since then, several countries have expressed support for the proposal.

    “A number of military chiefs have visited our Changi Command and Control Centre. They feel that it’s an idea that meets the needs of the times and I would say we are working out the mechanics,” he said.

    In the meantime, the Republic is actively seeking to build networks with other militaries and also civilian groups such as voluntary welfare organisations and United Nations agencies.

    Stressing that no single country will have all the resources to cope with a catastrophe, Dr Ng said: “Part of building the networks is cultivation of relationships, knowing where your resources can be or where they can be pre-positioned, and who is available to be activated ... Obviously, the affected country must agree to the help but once it does, then we can move.”

    Another area that the SAF is working on is beefing up cyber defence, which will have an increasingly large impact on the Republic’s defence operations, Dr Ng said.

    The SAF is ramping up its hiring, training and deployment of officers in this area.

    “I would say that all countries are grappling with this because we recognise that it is a new frontier that can have an impact sometimes equivalent, sometimes even more than, the physical terrain. So if your networks are knocked out, for example, it can have security implications and that is something that we take very seriously,” said Dr Ng.

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