Security Industry: Singapore to get Israeli anti-missile air-defense system
Short Range Air Defense System
Singapore is acquiring Israel’s new “Iron Dome” anti-missile air-defense system, developed by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems , this system will be a crucial element in Singapore’s drive to build a defensive shield around one of the world’s biggest and most important ports.
Singapore, which has a landmass of only 274 square miles, is ringed by Muslim nations — as is Israel. Both nations have a defense agreement since the 60´s.
Today, Singapore’s armed forces, 72,500-strong, are considered one of the most advanced militaries in Southeast Asia.
Iron Dome is a expensive defense system and was always intended for Singapore, which helped finance its development. Israeli Aerospace Industries IAI, state-owned flagship of Israel’s defense industry, has sold Singapore the Barak-1 naval anti-aircraft system. Rafael’s electronic warfare systems are widely deployed with the Singapore navy.
IAI upgraded the Singapore air force’s old 1960s-era Northrop F-5 Tiger fighters, and with Elbit Systems and Singapore Aerospace won a contract in 1997 to modernize Turkey’s fleet of F-5A/B and NF-5A/B aircraft fighter jets.
Singapore has also acquired unmanned aerial vehicles from Elbit and Rafael for surveillance to enhance maritime security in the Malacca Strait and the South China Sea.