30 Jun '17, 10am

Singapore armed forces going more hi-tech as recruiting levels seen sliding

By Fathin Ungku and Miyoung Kim | SINGAPORE SINGAPORE A growing threat of terrorism is putting a strain on Singapore's small and shrinking army, pushing it toward greater reliance on automation and technology such as unmanned patrol systems to protect the island state, its defense minister Ng Eng Hen said. The Singapore government earlier this month described the terror threat as the highest in recent years. The emergence of militants loyal to Islamic State in the Philippines, where security forces have been battling since late May to recapture Marawi City, showed the extent of the danger to Southeast Asia, Ng said. "It's endemic in our backyard, and the incident in Marawi is but another symptom to tell us that," Ng told reporters, adding Singapore was prepared to deploy ships if asked to help patrol near the area. Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines have stepped up co...

Full article: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-singapore-defence-idUSK...

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