The Republic of Singapore Air Force’s (RSAF’s) SPYDER ground-based air defence system has achieved full operational capability (FOC), the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) announced in a 4 July statement.
The SPYDER is part of Singapore’s enhanced Island Air Defence system, which is a multi-layered island-wide networked system that brings together sensors, weapon systems, command-and-control elements, and decision-making tools designed to further strengthen the country’s air defences.
Manufactured by Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, the SPYDER is effective against a wide spectrum of aerial threats and, unlike the Rapier air defence system it replaces, only requires crewing by 4 personnel instead of 15, according to MINDEF.
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