Ministry of Defence

Minister for Defence Visits the Air Defence and Operations Command

Press Release   •   Nov 16, 2011 10:54 SGT


Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen getting a closer look at the SPYDER missile system.
Dr Ng getting a hands-on experience on the SPYDER launcher workstation.

Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen visited the Republic of Singapore Air Force's (RSAF's) Air Defence and Operations Command (ADOC) this afternoon. Dr Ng was briefed on the latest operational developments of ADOC and its round-the-clock air defence capabilities in ensuring the security of Singapore's airspace.

ADOC represents the high-readiness core of the RSAF responsible for the planning and execution of RSAF's peacetime operations and air defence, and the development and operational readiness of the RSAF's command and control and ground-based air defence (GBAD) units. As part of his programme, Dr Ng visited an operational I-Hawk Surface-to-Air missile system deployment site, and witnessed a demonstration of the Surface-to-air PYthon-5 and DERby (SPYDER), the latest GBAD system acquired by the RSAF.

During his visit, Dr Ng also interacted with senior commanders from ADOC, as well as servicemen on operational duty. During the interaction, Dr Ng re-iterated the importance of always remaining vigilant to ensure Singapore's skies remain safe. He said, "The 9/11 incident reminds us that terrorism from the air remains a real threat. ADOC plays a crucial role in the air defence of Singapore by providing a robust 24/7 capability to ensure the sovereignty of our territorial airspace and guard against any threats from the air."

Dr Ng was accompanied by Chief of Air Force Major-General Ng Chee Meng and other senior Singapore Armed Forces officers during the visit.

Photo Gallery: Minister for Defence Visits the Air Defence and Operations Command