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Singapore's first motorized infantry unit becomes operational

06-01-2011 11:39 BJT

SINGAPORE, June 1 (Xinhua) -- Singapore's first motorized infantry unit has become operational, marking a major milestone in the continued modernization push of the country's armed forces, local daily Straits Times reported on Wednesday.

Troops from the 2nd Battalion Singapore Infantry Regiment had a mock battle on Tuesday to demonstrate how it can take down "the enemy" more quickly and efficiently with the help of modern technology.

The mock battle featured the military's latest armored infantry carrier Terrex, which was made in Singapore and developed jointly by the Singapore Armed Forces, the Defense Science and Technology and ST engineering.

First introduced in 2009, the Terrex is a welcome change from an era when canvas-topped three-tonners were used to send soldiers into conflict zones. It has thicker armor and faster speed of up to 105 km per hour.

Defense Minister Ng Eng Hen, who witnessed the mock battle, said the strength of the Singapore Armed Forces lies "not just in its individual pieces of hardware," but in its ability to link machines like armored vehicles and artillery systems together in a common battlefield network.

The Singapore Armed Forces have been pushing for modernization over the past few years, acquiring hardware such as stealth frigates, F-15SG fighters and naval helicopters. It now has 90 Terrex vehicles, with another 45 eight-wheelers to arrive and a second army unit to be trained on them.

Editor:Wang Xiaomei |Source: Xinhua

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