Igla of the RSAF (photo : Mindef)
This morning, 15 Oct 97, the Education Minister and Second Minister for Defence, Rear-Admiral (RADM) (NS) Teo Chee Hean, visited the Republic of Singapore Air Force's (RSAF) 203 Squadron at the Singapore Air Traffic Control Centre (SATCC). The visit was part of RADM (NS) Teo's regular visits to Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) units to see at first hand the operational readiness of the SAF.
On arrival, RADM (NS) Teo was received by the Chief of Air Force, Major-General (MG) Goh Yong Siang and Commander, Air Defence Systems Division (ADSD), Brigadier-General (BG) Yam Ah Mee. RADM (NS) Teo was briefed on the roles and functions of 203 Squadron, and given a tour ofthe Squadron's facilities.
Igla instlalled on M-113 tracked vehicle (photo : Wikimedia)
During the visit, RADM (NS) Teo announced the RSAF's acquisition of the Russian IGLA missile system. The IGLA is a man-portable, shoulder-launched, short range surface-to-air missile (SAM) system. RADM (NS) Teo was earlier briefed on the capabilities of the IGLA by BG Yam, and given a demonstration of the IGLA missile system.
The IGLA missile system will complement existing RSAF air defence systems such as the I-Hawk, Rapier, Mistral, RBS 70 SAM systems; and 35mm anti aircraft gun in providing low-level air defence and to protect vital installations in Singapore, as part of Air Defence Systems Division's (ADSD) multi-tiered National Air Defence system. The RSAF, after evaluating a number of comparable systems from various countries, decided on the IGLA because it meets the RSAF's operational requirements, and is cost-effective and simple to use.
RADM (NS) Teo also viewed a static display of other air defence systems, including the Swedish RBS 70 and French-made Mistral missile systems, and met with the officers and men of 203 Squadron during the visit.