The Next Gen SAF will take shape by 2040 with new assets and capabilities. It will be more networked and capable of conducting operations in the air, land, sea and digital domains to better defend Singapore’s peace and security.
New Assets and Capabilities
The Next Gen SAF will be equipped with new and upgraded assets and capabilities across the three Services. These include:
- Singapore Army: Next Gen Infantry Battalions, new armoured tracked carriers and howitzers, and HUNTER Armoured Battle Group which will be operationalised in Mar 2022.
- Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN): Multi-Role Combat Vessels, Invincible-class submarines, Maritime Security Unmanned Surface Vessels, and upgraded Formidable-class frigates with increased combat capabilities and communications systems.
- Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF): F-15SG and F-35 fighter jets, and Next Gen Unmanned Aerial Vehicles.
Digital and Intelligence Service
Over the past decade, MINDEF/SAF has progressively built up our Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence (C4I) Community. This will be evolved into the SAF's new fourth Service: the Digital and Intelligence Service (DIS), to tackle digital threats that will grow in scale, sophistication and organisation. The DIS will provide enhanced intelligence, advanced connectivity and resilient digital defence for the SAF. As a force with specialisations in core technology areas and communications, and across diverse areas such as data science, psychology, linguistics, anthropology and geography, the DIS is expected to be set up by the last quarter of 2022.
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