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RSAF's Hermes 450 UAV achieves Full Operational Capability

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Minister for Defence Dr. Ng Eng Hen (centre) unveiling a plague to commemorate the achievement of FOC by the Hermes 450. Photo: MoD.

SINGAPORE (BNS): The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF)'s Hermes 450 (H-450) Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) has achieved Full Operational Capability (FOC) status, the Ministry of Defence said.

Speaking at a ceremony to mark the achievement of Full Operational Capability (FOC) status at Murai Camp, on Monday, Minister for Defence Dr. Ng Eng Hen highlighted the significance of this milestone to the overall enhancement of the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF)'s defence capabilities.

He said, "The Hermes 450 is one of the most capable UAVs in its class and indeed, the world. Compared to the older UAVs, the Hermes 450 enhances our Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance capabilities with its extended endurance, advanced avionics and more capable sensors."

Dr. Ng also emphasised the importance of the role of UAVs in military operations today. He said, "UAVs have now become a critical asset to many military operations and have proven themselves to make a decisive difference to outcomes, whether it is in peacetime operations or battles."

Operated by 116 Squadron, the H-450 is the first advanced UAV to achieve FOC status in the SAF.

After taking delivery of the H-450s in May 2007, the UAV pilots, air force engineers and maintenance crew have undergone intensive training to operate and maintain the aircraft, as well as integrate the aircraft to support the SAF's operations, the MoD statement said.

Also present at the ceremony were Chief of Defence Force Lieutenant-General Ng Chee Meng, Chief of Air Force Major-General Hoo Cher Mou and other senior officers from the SAF.

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