COVID-19: Some observations

What an unprecedented two weeks it has been. Countries around the region imposed stringent travel restrictions and our closest neighbor Malaysia imposed a two weeks’ lockdown of the country. The after effects was predictable, many flock to supermarkets to stock up on items coming from Malaysia like eggs, vegetables and essentials, and Malaysians working in…

Tower evacuation reminds the importance of PLAB

CAAS Release “Flight operations at Changi Airport were disrupted at 0010 hrs today due to the evacuation of Changi Control Tower. The Tower had to be evacuated as the fire suppression system was activated. Normal flight operations were restored at 0140hrs when Changi Control Tower resumed operations. In the interim, air traffic control services were…

Aster 30 SAMP/T: What’s the hype about

The national day parade (NDP) this year showcased the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) latest surface to air missile (SAM) platform, the European MBDA Aster-30. The RSAF is extremely excited about the new system, albeit an identity gaffe by the local Straits Times and Newpaper,  and introduced to replace the current I-HAWK operated by…

Fearless-class sans 76mm

A recent interview with a Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) pioneer had a magnificent backdrop of the Fearless-class patrol vessels. Of interest would be the three decommissioned vessels, Sovereignty, Justice and Independence with its OTO Melara 76mm A-gun removed (see below). It was said that they are re-used for the Littoral Misson Vessel (LMV), but that…

A Careless Sticker

Seen parked at the NDP mobile column, the VAMTAC VSD ‘jeeps’ bears an interesting detail, a red sticker in traditional Chinese, saying right hand drive. What it means is for anyone to imagine 😉

Spotter’s Guide: NDP 2019 Mobile Column

Thanks to the bicentennial year of Singapore’s founding, and the 50th anniversary of the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) armour formation, National Day Parade  (NDP) this year is held at the Padang and my favourite mobile column is brought forward a year. This year’s mobile column features 171 vehicles, stringing as far out as 1.3km. Below…

Making a Mark for NDP 19

The National Day Parade (NDP) 2019 was marketed as a celebration of Singapore’s bicentennial and with that some notable guests including Malaysia PM Dr Mahathir will be attending. From a defence perspective, we all know that there will be a fly-past and a mobile column, but this year’s mobile column will be a significant one.…

Lion City Lightning (excerpt)

Lightning For the Lion City Full article can be found on March 2019 edition of AIR International On January 18, Singapore Ministry of Defence (Mindef) announced that the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II was identified as the ‘most suitable replacement’ for the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) fleet of Lockheed Martin F-16C/D/D+ Block 52…

Oiling our processes

There is a certain major landmark in Singapore (let’s call it Landmark S) that has a particular attraction that spews lights and lasers out into the night sky. Concerned that it might pose an aeronautical safety hazard, it worked closely with the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) to have in place a system and…

RSAF50: Five of 50

Five of Fifty In November 2008, I signed on the dotted line and became a full time regular of the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF). The years in the RSAF has broadened my perspectives on defence, particularly on our own Air Force, which has been helpful in my current job as a defence journalist.…