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Arsenal in a foreign land

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Singapore is a unique island city-state. With its microscopic size and relatively small population, it has a powerful economy and serious armed forces. By militarization in terms of the territory and the number of inhabitants, this country, apparently, surpasses even Israel.

Singapore also has a law on universal conscription, which excludes any delays and alternatives to service and implies annual two-week fees until the age of 40 is reached. In this case, the boy receives the first symbolic agenda for the recruiting station immediately after the birth, along with a birth certificate.

Part of the technique, especially aviationIt simply does not fit in the country and is constantly deployed abroad. The country buys weapons mainly in the USA, Israel and Great Britain, while its own defense industry is developing rapidly. Although 75 percent of the population is ethnic Chinese, Singapore has no military ties with China.

Ground forces include 5 divisions - 3-yu (consisting 8-Armored and 3, 5, 24, 30-th infantry brigades), 6-yu (54-Armored, 2, 9, 76-th Infantry Brigade) 9-i (56-i armored, 10, 12-I infantry brigades), 21-i (7, 13, 15-i infantry brigades), 25-i reserve (11, 14, 63 and NNXXXXNXXXNXXX, 65-I infantry brigade). . Plus 6 infantry brigades (21, 22, 26, 27, 29, 32-I), a group of MTR, a regiment of Gurkha, which is formally listed in the police, and a number of auxiliary units.

The base of the tank fleet is 152 German Leopard-2A4s, some of which are located in Germany and are used to train Singapore crews. Remain in service 340 obsolete light French tanks AMX-13SM1. Of the 44 French BMX AMX-10Ps, half are in the BMX version of the AMX-10PAC90. There are locally produced infantry fighting vehicles - 135 AV-81 Terrex, 250-300 IFV-25 Bionix, 200 Bionix-2. BTR - American (945 M113A1 / 2, 50 V-200, 15 MaxxPro) and their own (more than 400 Bronco, 300 IFV-40/50). Barrel artillery of only its own production: 54 self-propelled guns SSPH-1 Primus and 124 towed guns (18 FH-2000, 54 Pegasus, 52 FH-88). There are 121 towed guns in storage - 22 British LG1, Israeli M-68 and M-71 (45 and 38, respectively), 16 American M114A1. There are 500 81 mm mortars and 90 120 mm self-propelled (40 on the Bronco, 50 on the M113). MLRS - 18 latest American HIMARS.

ATGM - 30 newest Israeli "Spikes" and as many old French "Milanov".

The air force has four fourth-generation American fighter jets - the 100 F-40SG and 15 F-60 (16 C, 20 D). As it was said, the planes do not fit in Singapore, therefore they are based in the United States. The old American fighter F-40 (41 S, 5 training and combat T) and up to 32 even older attack aircraft A-9SU (including before-combat 25 TA-4SU) remain in service with the 21. The latter are based in France and are used as training. Only F-4 are stationed in Singapore, which have undergone a major modernization. There 5 Dutch basic patrol "Fokker-5», 50 US aircraft AWACS "Gulfstream» G4, 550 tankers of the same production (9 KC-4R, 135 COP-5), 130 Transport (9 C-5N, 130 "Fokker-4 "). Of the 50 training aircraft, the 33 Swiss PC-19 is stationed in Australia, the 21 of the newest Italian T-12 in France. Two more - New Zealand PT / 346.

The 19 American combat AH-64D Apache and 6 anti-submarine helicopters S-70В, and also up to 48 transport (16 American CH-47 Chinook, French AS332M and AS532UL) are in service. The Apaches and part of the Chinooks are stationed in the USA, the French cars are in Australia. As a training used 5 European helicopters EC120В.

Ground defense includes 2 batteries of the American Advanced Hawk air defense missile system (12 PU), 24 short-range air defense missile systems (12 Israeli Spiders and English Rapier) and 555 MANPADS (500 French Mistral, 30 Russian Igl XYLXX), and 6 MANPADS (5 French Mistral, 113 Russian Russian Needles, IgrX XGNUMX) (25 French Mistral, 70 Russian YiglX IgrL XYNUMX) self-propelled version - on 58 PU on 34 BTR M001), 24 Swedish RBS-002), XNUMX Swiss anti-aircraft guns (XNUMX GDF, XNUMX GDF).

The Navy has 2 PL "Archer" (Swedish "Vastergetland") and "Challenger" (Swedish "Sheormen"), 6 frigates "Formidebl" (French "Lafayette"), 6 rocket corvettes of "Victoria" type (German project) , 1 patrol ship Independence (another 7 will be built), 11 patrol boats Firless, 4 minesweeper "Bedok" (Swedish project), 4 DTD "Endurance". Submarines transferred to Singapore from the Swedish Navy, all surface ships and boats built at their shipyards.

The Changi naval base is constantly used by the US Navy. In addition, the contingents of Great Britain and New Zealand are stationed in the country. At the same time, the Singapore ground forces are located in Thailand and Taiwan.

There is no immediate external threat to the country at the moment, but wars of any scale are possible in the region. In this regard, the meager size of the territory and the deployment of a large part of the Armed Forces outside of Singapore can create problems for the defense.
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  1. Vard
    Vard 16 December 2017 20: 55 New
    +3
    The country is rich ... There are enough amateurs for a stranger ... So well done ...
    1. max702
      max702 18 December 2017 21: 35 New
      +2
      Does someone seriously consider Singapore an independent and independent country? This laundry is the Anglo-Saxon world with the corresponding preferences, even from this article it is clear that this is the jurisdiction of the United States, England, Israel .. Just an Asian appendage of the above countries located at the strategic crossroads of the east .. This is where all the wonders of an economy, a powerful army, and other things ... if the Anglo-Saxons did not need a reliable outpost about a given geographic formation in a given area, no one would ever have heard .. So everyone who is surprised at the strength and wealth of this "state" is very cunning .. For in this case, everything is very simple ..
  2. MOSKVITYANIN
    MOSKVITYANIN 16 December 2017 21: 24 New
    +2
    I think the SVs have an excess of combat and personnel, but who have a large number of different types of weapons ...
    Yes, and from the Air Force could withdraw the old:
    41 old American F-5 fighter (32 S, 9 combat training T) and up to 25 even older A-4SU attack aircraft

    The Navy does not have enough patrol ships, or the author forgot to indicate the Singapore Navy, it is usually not part of the Navy in the Asia-Pacific countries, Australia and Oceania.
  3. mavrus
    mavrus 16 December 2017 23: 24 New
    +1
    They have nothing to do with the divisions, up to 5 brigades ... It would be interesting to know the staffing of these units ...
    It’s just not clear, but with whom they, in principle, were going to fight ... Eight million Israel, surrounded by “friends” of Arabs, everything is clear with him. And five millionth Singapore has not a single enemy around. Even with China, the warmest trade relations ... And why should they prepare children for the war from the cradle, with ISIS they take an example?
    1. Cherry Nine
      Cherry Nine 16 December 2017 23: 58 New
      +2
      Quote: mavrus
      five millionth Singapore has no enemies around

      Singapore is a very rich country, surrounded by relatively poor, not the most democratic and much larger. The question of returning Singapore to its native Malaysian harbor can arise at any time and the leadership (and the population) of Singapore is extremely displeased.
      As for the number, the Singapore Armed Forces approx. 70 thousand snouts + a serious reserve, which makes this country militarily comparable with the same Malaysia or, say, Poland.
      1. Lopatov
        Lopatov 17 December 2017 11: 40 New
        +1
        Quote: Cherry Nine
        not the most democratic

        Maybe this is what Singapore is saving?
        If he was next to the most democratic countries, he would have long lost the slightest independence.
        1. Cherry Nine
          Cherry Nine 17 December 2017 21: 07 New
          +1
          Quote: Spade
          If he was next to the most democratic countries, he would have long lost the slightest independence.

          Like, for example, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Switzerland (by the way, it just looks like Switzerland in part), etc.
          1. Lopatov
            Lopatov 17 December 2017 21: 54 New
            +1
            Quote: Cherry Nine
            Like, for example, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Switzerland (by the way, it just looks like Switzerland in part), etc.

            The countries listed are also very far from the "democracies", besides they do not have the resources, and therefore are not able to interest democratizers.
            Well, if, for example, in Monaco suddenly large reserves are found, for example, rhenium, and local authorities decide that it belongs to the country, the "bloody monarchy" will last very short.
            A vivid example is Panama. All in all, they should blurt out the stupidity of the need for strict implementation by the Americans of the treaty on the status of the Panama Canal. "Our son of a bitch" (c) sharply turned into a "bloody dictator", the country was subjected to military intervention. Of course, for the sake of establishing "democracy"
            1. Cherry Nine
              Cherry Nine 17 December 2017 22: 29 New
              +1
              Quote: Spade
              very far away from the "democracies"

              LOL what? From NATO Headquarters to the Palace of the Grand Dukes, 2 hours by car.
              Quote: Spade
              do not have resources

              Does Singapore have? How many resources have been mined where, by the way?
              Quote: Spade
              Well, if, for example, in Monaco suddenly large reserves are found, for example, rhenium

              They immediately bury them back. No rhenium will pay for the demolition of an azure property.
              Quote: Spade
              it was worth blotting out stupidity

              What the Americans did wrong at that time, they did not at the same time plant Carter's bitch for treason.
              Otherwise, no one claims. Including the current authorities of Panama.
              1. Lopatov
                Lopatov 18 December 2017 07: 27 New
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                Quote: Cherry Nine
                LOL what?

                Lol everything you perfectly understood

                Quote: Cherry Nine
                Does Singapore have?

                Yes. Strait of Malacca

                Quote: Cherry Nine
                Otherwise, no one claims. Including the current authorities of Panama.

                Naturally. No one wants to repeat the fate of Noriega.
                1. Cherry Nine
                  Cherry Nine 18 December 2017 10: 11 New
                  +1
                  Quote: Spade
                  Lol everything you perfectly understood

                  How did the countries I listed turn out to be further from "democracy" than Singapore? This is pretty hard to understand.
                  Quote: Spade
                  Yes. Strait of Malacca

                  And to whom did he surrender, the Strait of Malacca? The American base there, by the way, and so it is, however, supply.
                  Quote: Spade
                  No one wants to repeat the fate of Noriega.

                  Well, why. Excessively sovereign comrades are regularly located.
      2. In100gram
        In100gram 17 December 2017 17: 14 New
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        Quote: Cherry Nine
        Singapore Sun approx. 70 thousand snouts + a serious reserve, which makes this country militarily comparable with the same Malaysia or, say, Poland.

        Well, yes, quite military. Tanks in Germany, Aircraft in the USA, Army Abroad. Why the hell do they need her abroad?
        1. Cherry Nine
          Cherry Nine 17 December 2017 21: 10 New
          +1
          Quote: In100gram
          Why the hell do they need her abroad?

          Singapore is a city; it is smaller than Moscow within the MKAD. There are no training grounds, nowhere to train.
          The Singaporeans believe that things are unlikely to go so bad and so fast that they do not have time to pull up.
    2. voyaka uh
      voyaka uh 17 December 2017 00: 21 New
      +6
      Malaysia, Indonesia. Rob and Capture Rich Singapore - Great Temptation
      (How Saddam decided to rob and capture wealthy Kuwait)
      1. MOSKVITYANIN
        MOSKVITYANIN 17 December 2017 01: 14 New
        0
        Quote: voyaka uh
        Malaysia, Indonesia. Rob and Capture Rich Singapore - Great Temptation
        (How Saddam decided to rob and capture wealthy Kuwait)

        Malaysia does not capture it, it enters the British Commonwealth of Nations ... like Singapore ...
        https://dic.academic.ru/dic.nsf/ruwiki/821769
        By the way, interesting info for Israeli Jews:
        David Ben-Gurion proposed to ask for the admission of Israel to the Commonwealthbut most Israelis rejected this proposal, believing that membership in this organization could mean dependence on the UK. The Commonwealth also reacted negatively to this idea, since it could mean the need for more support for Israel.

        see there ....
        1. Cherry Nine
          Cherry Nine 17 December 2017 05: 20 New
          +2
          Quote: MOSKVITYANIN
          Malaysia does not capture it, it enters the British Commonwealth of Nations ... like Singapore ...

          And what guarantees does it give? Are there a lot of scum in this community?

          Another thing is that some guarantees are given by the British and American military bases. However, the Singaporeans decided that they rely on the Americans, and do not be fooled. And they are right, of course: you can withdraw the base in a few months, and you can’t build an army from scratch and in a few years.
          Quote: MOSKVITYANIN
          interesting info for Israeli Jews:

          The desire to transfer to someone the opportunity to bear their military expenses is absolutely reasonable. The desire of the Jews not to deal with the British, too, in principle, can be understood - David would have asked for the police department. They did without them. And not bad, by and large, cost.
          1. MOSKVITYANIN
            MOSKVITYANIN 17 December 2017 18: 08 New
            0
            Cherry Nine
            And what guarantees does it give? Are there a lot of scum in this community?

            Just bling, for +? Give examples of unpunished aggression against members of the British Commonwealth of Nations and what do you mean by rabble - Canada, Australia?
            1. Cherry Nine
              Cherry Nine 17 December 2017 21: 05 New
              +1
              Just bling, for +?
              Quote: MOSKVITYANIN
              Give examples of unpunished aggression against members of the British Commonwealth of Nations

              Pakistan - India, blood bath in Sierra Leone, etc.
              Quote: MOSKVITYANIN
              and what do you mean by rabble

              Yes, almost everyone, except just Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Malta and Britain itself.
              1. MOSKVITYANIN
                MOSKVITYANIN 17 December 2017 21: 52 New
                0
                Cherry Nine blood bath in Sierra Leone

                Pakistan - India

                Do you think with impunity? But what about the separation of East Pakistan and its transformation into Bangladesh, and where is Pakistan now economically and where is India ...?
                Do you mean civil war? I don’t know anything about the external aggression of a commonwealth member in this unfortunate country ...
                https://dic.academic.ru/dic.nsf/enc_colier/1378/%
                D0%A1%D0%AC%D0%95%D0%A0%D0%A0%D0%90
                About
                etc.
                can be more?
                As it seems to all of us, the CIS was once created in the image and likeness .....
                1. Cherry Nine
                  Cherry Nine 17 December 2017 22: 41 New
                  +1
                  Quote: MOSKVITYANIN
                  and where is Pakistan now economically and where is India ...?

                  Oddly enough, in about the same place. 5K per snout at PPP.
                  Quote: MOSKVITYANIN
                  But what about the separation of East Pakistan and its transformation into Bangladesh

                  But did the Commonwealth try, or is India itself?
                  Quote: MOSKVITYANIN
                  can be more?

                  Do you want to make me fit into these African troubles? Uganda-Tanzania 1972 fit?
                  Let's the other way around. Please provide examples where the forces of the Commonwealth have effectively prevented a conflict between its participants. Tell us, at the same time, what opportunities the Commonwealth has to intervene in this kind of situation.
      2. Mik13
        Mik13 17 December 2017 06: 32 New
        0
        Quote: voyaka uh
        Malaysia, Indonesia. Rob and Capture Rich Singapore - Great Temptation

        In fact, all of Singapore’s wealth is the Strait of Malacca, which will be difficult to steal.
  4. tlauicol
    tlauicol 17 December 2017 06: 48 New
    +1


    Victory Corvettes are typical Singaporeans. German housing and engines, Swedish and Israeli electronics, Italian gun, US or France torpedoes, US and Israel missiles, etc. They get along with everyone and don't forget about themselves
    1. Cherry Nine
      Cherry Nine 17 December 2017 06: 59 New
      +2
      Quote: Tlauicol
      Victory Corvettes are typical Singaporeans. German housing and engines, Swedish and Israeli electronics, Italian gun, US or France torpedoes, US and Israel missiles, etc. They get along with everyone and don't forget about themselves

      You are right, Juche is not about Singapore.
      1. tlauicol
        tlauicol 17 December 2017 07: 12 New
        +4
        and they don’t cry on the streets! Barbaras :))
  5. Conductor
    Conductor 18 December 2017 08: 42 New
    0
    Serious forces, but only how, in the event of a conflict, to transfer them quickly.