Mini spy planes give Singapore's army eyes in sky

13:42, November 29, 2010      

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Singapore-made mini spy planes will be part of the army's arsenal in two years, local media reported on Monday.

Dubbed the Skyblade III, these portable unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are equipped with a camera to allow reconnaissance troops to beam real-time video images of things beyond a solder's line of vision, local daily The Straits Times reported.

The battery-operated UAVs which have a wingspan of 2.6m have a range of about 8km and can stay in the air for up to an hour.

They will allow soldiers to get into enemy's territory without risk to themselves and are designed to resemble birds, emitting little noise.

Research on earlier models and commercial UAVs from the United Sates and Israel allowed the army to finally come up with a mini UAV that is best suited to the Singapore Armed Forces and its troops.

Spending on UAVs in the Asia-Pacific region is likely to reach 600 million U.S. dollars this year, with the amount surpassing 1 billion U.S. dollars by 2014.

Source: Xinhua


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