The IAI Searcher Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) is one of the system operated by the Tactical Air Support Command (TASC). It provides real-time airborne reconnaissance and surveillance to SAF ground commanders to survey the battlefield. Read more »
The official opening was carried out by the Singapore Defence Minister, Lee Boon Yang, on 5 November 1994. This complex in Pearce have about 160 personnel and can housed 27 aircraft. RSAF has relocated part of its Flying Training School to RAAF Base Pearce in Western Australia and commenced operations there in September 1993. RSAF 130 Squadon Detachment is house in a new building and facilities have been specially constructed. Read more »
The Sun Yat Sen Villa was declared a national monument. It was built in the 1880s by a Chinese merchant Boey Chuan Poh. It was used as the Southeast Asian headquarters for the Chinese revolutionary movement and was the home of Dr Sun Yat Sen during his visits to Singapore in the 1900s. It was renamed Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall when it reopened in 2001 after a major restoration.
The Government announced a new system to set the salaries of ministers and senior civil servants by pegging their pay to that of top earners in six private sector professions. A White Paper, “Competitive Salaries for Competent and Honest Government: Benchmarks for Ministers and Senior Public Officers”, was published listing recommendations for setting formal benchmarks for public sector pay. Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong tabled a motion in Parliament to endorse the White Paper in its next sitting on 31October.
The Tuas Naval Base (TNB) was official opened by Prime Minister (PM), Mr Goh Chok Tong. This is the Republic of Singapore Navy’s second base. The first Naval Base at Palau Brani was opened in 1974.
Foo Hai Ch’an Monastery, parent organization of Ren Ci, assumed responsibility for the 174-bedded Chronic Sick Unit of the former Woodbridge Hospital (now known as Buangkok Green Medical Park).
Singapore government announced Peace Carvin II (PC2) which saw the purchase of eighteen F-16 C/Ds (8 x F-16C Block 52 and 10 x F-16D Block 52). The decision was reportedly based on price quoted by Lockheed Martin of USD $23m for each F-16. The new machines will be powered by the F100-PW-229 engine and will have a down rated version of the LANTIRN pod system. The aircraft are AIM-120 AMRAAM and AGM-88 Harm capable.
A 3 percent GST was implemented in Singapore. It is part of the Tax Restructuring System. The restructuring involved the introduction of GST, reductions in income tax rates, property tax and some existing indirect tax.
RSAF’s first woman helicopter pilot, Lt Sim, gets her wings. The RSAF has four other women pilots who fly transport aircraft, but Lt Sim is the first to fly a helicopter. Her instructor, Captain Chris Chong, described her as a good and confident student who received no special treatment and trained as hard as her male colleagues.
American teenager Michael Fay was sentenced to four months’ jail and four strokes of caning after being found guilty of vandalism, theft and mischief. The caning punishment received high-publicised criticism from the West.
The Seventh Asian Aerospace ‘94 (AA94) is a 6-day event, taking place from 22 February to 27 February 1994. The first 4 days of the Singapore Airshow are exclusively for trade attendees and the final 2 weekend days are open to general public at large. Show visitors are treated to an extra 30-minute aerobatic flying display taking place at this year’s Singapore Airshow over the public weekend. This is in addition to the 60-minute aerial display. Read more »
Yeo Seng Teck, 49, Chief Executive Officer of Trade Development Board was investigated in 1993 for cheating offences dating back to 1988. Investigation revealed that he had used forged document to cheat his principals (in this case, the organisations he was working for) involving the purchase of Chinese antiques worth about $2 million. He was convicted for cheating offences and sentenced to 4 years’ imprisonment.
A 4m female false killer whale (Pseudorca crassidens), appeared trapped for a week within Tuas Bay, a large man-made bay, in January 1994. After refusing attempts to guide it out of the bay, its carcass was found outside the bay with body injuries by some fishermen. The fishermen then dragged it to shore. It had evaded two earlier attempts by rescuers.
The air force’s ageing fleet of Skyvan transport planes is being replaced with a fleet of longer-range and larger capacity aircraft the Fokker 50s. Four new Fokker 50s, each costing about $15 million, will gradually replace the six Skyvans.