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The Straits Times reported that the balloon would be able to scan up to Malacca in Malaysia for stray aircraft as well as detect small boats coming from Indonesia’s Pekanbaru.
Wednesday October 29, 2014 MYT 7:31:51 PM
Singapore to deploy massive surveillance balloon
The Aerostat surveillance balloon that will be used. – Mindef Singapore
SINGAPORE: Singapore will deploy a huge tethered surveillance balloon, that can ‘see’ as far as Malacca, to boost its maritime and air security, its defence ministry announced.b
The helium-filled “aerostat” will be equipped with radar equipment that can spot threats from as far as 200km away, the ministry said in a post on its website late Tuesday.
“It will be deployed sufficiently high enough so as to have a clear line of sight over Singapore’s air and sea space,” the ministry said.
“For a small island state like Singapore, surveillance and early warning to give us sufficient reaction time to respond will always be a challenge, but the aerostat will improve our surveillance capabilities significantly,” Ng said.