Singapore army enhances battlefield communications

SINGAPORE - The Singapore Army is enhancing its battlefield communications through its Wide Area Communications (WAC) system.

The WAC system, which was commissioned by Senior Minister of State for Defence Mr Chan Chun Sing at Stagmont Camp this morning, comprises the Digitised Trunk Communications System (D-TCS) and the Ku-Band Satellite Communications (SATCOM) system.

The D-TCS connects fighting forces in the battlefield to the command headquarters via a high bandwidth data network and links together various battlefield communication systems and technologies to enhance command and control of integrated operations.

The Ku-Band SATCOM system is also more deployable and can transfer data at a higher rate to better support local training and the coordination and administration of overseas exercises.

During his visit, Mr Chan was briefed on the capabilities of the WAC system and how it supports SAF operations by extending the reach and enhancing the scope of battlefield communications.

Speaking during the ceremony, Mr Chan said the system will form the backbone of the 3rd Generation army, enabling the development of a networked fighting force that is capable of a full spectrum of operations.

"These enhancements allow our forces to manoeuvre with greater precision and concentrate their fire-power with heightened accuracy," he said.

He also commended the officers and men of the Signal formation for their work.

Mr Chan said the soldiers have played an indispensible role in supporting all Command, Control, Communications and Computers requirements for the army's missions, safety management and administration.

"Your competency and professionalism have been proven in our exercises as well as our peace support and other humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations over the years," he said.

The systems were jointly developed by the Signal Formation, Defence Science Technology Agency and Singapore Technologies.

Also present at the ceremony were Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Defence and National Development Dr Mohamad Maliki Bin Osman, Chief of Army Major-General Ravinder Singh and other senior SAF officers.

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