15 Mar '17, 10am

RSAF's new drone Heron 1 now combat-ready - The Straits Times

SINGAPORE - It can fly as high as 6km in the sky, cruise at speeds as fast as 130kmh, and can be deployed up to 200km away from a remote location. This drone - or unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) - can also fly for more than 24 hours continuously, and take off and land automatically. It is no ordinary drone though, but the Singapore airforce's latest "eye-in-the-sky" - the Heron 1, which was declared combat-ready on Wednesday (March 15) by Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen. It is a milestone which places the Singapore Armed Forces' (SAF) on a par with other advanced militaries in intelligence and surveillance capabilities. In a ceremony held at Murai Camp, Dr Ng marked the Heron 1's achievement of the Full Operational Capability (FOC) status by the Republic of Singapore Air Force's (RSAF) 119 and 128 Squadrons. In a speech, he said: "It's a significant milestone. The FOC of the Her...

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