SINGAPORE: After five years of training and exercises, two Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) squadrons are now able to operate, maintain, and deploy an advanced surveillance drone – the Heron 1 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) said at a ceremony on Wednesday (Mar 15).
For the RSAF and the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF), this is a “significant milestone” as it aims to increase its intelligence and reconnaissance prowess like other militaries worldwide.
The Israel-developed Heron 1 was delivered to Singapore in 2012, and provides real-time coloured images as well as a bird’s eye view to ground troops and fighter jets, to help better identify multiple moving targets, among other things.
“The attainment of FOC (full operational capability) represents a significant milestone in RSAF unmanned aerial capabilities,” Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen said at the ceremony. FOC generally refers to an organisation being able to fully employ and maintain a system.
“Apart from conventional operations,