New training ground for urban combat training in Singapore

Singapore will spend about $900 to build a new city which will allow its troops to hone their urban settings such as high-rise buildings, warehouses, and event an MRT station with multiple exits, The Straits Times Online reported on Friday.

Dubbed the Safti City, the 88ha area will allow soldiers to train in a dense urban environment that closely resembles Singapore’s landscape when it is completed in the west of the country in 10 years, said Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen in the parliament.

One sector of Safti City will be packed with clusters of shophouses, hig-rise interconnected buildings, low-rise residences, basement car parks, a bus interchange and a MRT station. Another sector near the Poyan Reservoir will house a petrochemical complex, warehouses, container parks and industrial buildings.

With more than 200 buildings and extensive road networks, Dr Ng said the city will provide a realistic experience of fighting in a concrete jungle like Singapore.

The first of its kind facility here will allow troops to train in different types of operations, from counter-terrorism to coastal defence and to disaster relief.

As part of the revamp; of the military premises in western Singapore, new grounds for infantry and armoured vehicle drills will be developed in the existing training areas of Pasir Laba, Ama Keng and the Murai training facility.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

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