27 Agustus 2010
Singapore's Searcher II unmanned aerial vehicle (photo : Forge141R)
SINGAPORE: For the first time, the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) has deployed an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) task group and institutional trainers to Afghanistan.
The 52-man group is in Tarin Kowt, the provincial capital of Uruzgan, together with a team of four institutional trainers in Kabul, as part of Singapore's contribution to the multinational stabilisation and reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan.
The UAV Task Group, which commenced operations on Friday, will be deployed till November.
The four institutional trainers, who started their operations a week earlier, will be deployed till December.
They will then hand over to a second rotation of institutional trainers who will be deployed till next April.
The task group will be carrying out surveillance of key roads to improve security for Afghan locals and international forces.
The four trainers are at an artillery school in Kabul to train the Afghan National Army in artillery operations and doctrine development.
They will also advise the school on the effective administration and conduct of artillery courses.