Singapore's defence ministry has released video footage of its Israel Aerospace Industries Searcher 2 unmanned air vehicles being operated in Afghanistan.

Based at Tarin Kowt in Uruzgan province, the Singapore UAV Task Group is tasked primarily with performing reconaissance on the roads around the base, the defence ministry says.

Sources suggest that the deployment includes an operations team of 52 people, with a Searcher 2 system comprising four UAVs, a ground-control station, a launch-and-recovery system, a ground-data terminal and a remote video terminal.

The Searcher 2 has a range of 160nm (300km) and a maximum endurance of 20h when flown at altitudes up to 18,000ft (5,500m), IAI says.

Singapore has also deployed a weapon-locating radar system to Afghanistan as part of its contribution to the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force.

Source: Flight International