Singapore’s SPYDER ground-based air defence system now battle ready

Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF)’s Surface-to-air PYthon-5 and DERby (SPYDER) Ground-Based Air Defence system (GBADS) has achieved Full Operational Capability (FOC) and is now battle ready.

To mark the said milestone, a ceremony was held on July 4 at RSAF’s Chong Pang Camp in northern Singapore.

“The SPYDER is an improvement from the Rapier system as it is able to intercept not just aircraft but also munitions, therefore widening the spectrum of threats that our air defences can tackle,” Singapore Senior Minister of State for Defence Dr. Mohamad Maliki Bin Osman said during the ceremony.

“An all-weather system equipped with advanced infra-red and radar-guided missiles, the SPYDER can intercept aerial threats at more than twice the range and three times the altitude of the Rapier, while engaging multiple targets at the same time,” he added.

According to Singapore Ministry of Defense, SPYDER is part of the enhanced Island Air Defence system which is an island-wide networked system that brings together sensors, weapon systems, command and control elements, and decision-making tools to further strengthen Singapore’s air defence.