15 Mar '17, 9pm

NSFs to help fly RSAF's new drone, Heron 1 - The Straits Times

NSFs to help fly RSAF's new drone, Heron 1 - The Straits Times

Singapore's new "eye in the sky", the Heron 1 drone which earned its combat-ready status yesterday, hasfull-time national servicemen (NSFs) serving as pilots - a first for the airforce's unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), it was revealed. In a ceremony held at Murai Camp, Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen 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. "It's a significant milestone. The FOC of the Heron brings RSAF's (unmanned) aerial capabilities to the level of advanced militaries globally," Dr Ng said in a speech. He called the deployment of NSFs as UAV pilots in the airforce a "significant first". "We have the same exacting standards for NSFs as we do for regular pilots," he added. The NSFs serve as co-pilots, alongside the regulars, who are aircraft captains. Major John Sam...

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