RSAF's anti-drone technologies in action this weekend in Jurong East

The RSAF's Drone Catcher system, which uses a net to snare errant drones.
The RSAF's Drone Catcher system, which uses a net to snare errant drones. ST PHOTO: KELVIN CHNG

SINGAPORE - Fly a drone within 5km of an airbase, and you could find it taken down by one of the Republic of Singapore Air Force's (RSAF) latest weapons.

The Jammer Gun, when fired, emits a signal to jam the control signals of the drone, which will then be unable to survey the premises of the base.

The RSAF also has the Drone Catcher system, which uses a net to snare errant drones. The two weapons will be in action this weekend (May 26 - 27) at the open field next to Jurong East MRT station. The demonstration is part of the RSAF's celebrations to mark its golden jubilee this year, and the final stop of RSAF50.

Exhibitions were held in other housing estates including Sembawang, Toa Payoh and Punggol to help the public understand RSAF operations.

Highlights included a Super Puma helicopter landing in a field in the Sembawang residential area. The public also got to participate in security demonstrations.

During the simulation in Jurong East, the public will get to alert RSAF when they spot an errant drone entering restricted premises.

They can then watch, for the first time, how RSAF personnel respond with the Jammer Gun and the Drone Catcher.


A soldier holding a Jammer Gun, which, when fired, emits a signal to jam the control signals of a drone. PHOTO: KELVIN CHNG 

The Jammer Gun consists of a rifle with two large barrels and weighs a total of 5kg. The gun is attached to a 20kg bag that the user carries, and is part of the weapon.

The gun and drone catcher were developed by the RSAF and Defence Technology Community - a 5,000-strong community of scientists and engineers working to upgrade the capabilities of the SAF.

 
 
 
 

Lieutenant-Colonel Wesley Ho Lek Hun, 40, team leader of the demonstration, said: "These technologies ensure that (operations) are less complicated and less reliant on manpower."

He added that it takes only one week for an operator to be trained to use the Jammer Gun.

Third Sergeant Hu Tian Yi, 20, a full-time national serviceman, will be operating the Jammer Gun and the Drone Catcher at the exhibition.

The public can catch the action at 11.30am and 2pm on both days. Other RSAF weapons and systems will also be on display at the exhibition, which is free and open from 10am to 9pm.

The events to mark RSAF50 had kicked off with an airshow on Feb 6 at Changi Exhibition Centre.

The celebrations will culminate in the RSAF50 Parade on Sept 1, to be attended by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

Correction note: The action is at 11.30am and 2pm on both days, not 11.30am to 2pm. We are sorry for the error.