Singapore has concluded a defence co-operation agreement with Pretoria which will allow its forces to train and exercise in South Africa with remotely piloted vehicles (RPVs).

Singapore defence minister Tony Tan says that training with RPVs will begin in 1998 at the South African Air Force's Hoedspruit airbase.

The Republic of Singapore Air Force operates a range of unmanned aerial vehicles, including the Israel Aircraft Industries Scout system.

The agreement, as well as opening up South African sites and equipment to Singapore use, also covers possible co-operation in defence technology.

The Denel CSH-2 Rooivalk is among several machines which are now being evaluated by the Singaporean air force to meet an anti-helicopter requirement. o

Source: Flight International