The Singapore Ministry of National Defence (MND) has officially opened the Airborne-Trooper Training Facility (ATF) at Pasir Ris Camp in Singapore.
ATF features both a parachute training facility and the rappelling guidance area. It is expected to enable Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) troopers to hone their skills in basic airborne, heli-rappelling insertion and heli-roping insertion anytime and regardless of the weather conditions.
In addition, the indoor all-in-one facility eliminates the requirement for trainees to travel between the old training location, situated a further away, saving time and increasing training opportunities for soldiers.
Singapore Defence Minister Dr. Ng Eng Hen said: "At the old facility, a lot of it was broken up and it wasn’t dynamic.
"But in this facility, everything is autonomous and you get as close to real-life situations as possible.
"At the same time, trainers are able to break down the performance and give you your critique."
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The Parachute Training space includes three trainer systems for the basic airborne course, namely the landing trainer system, the rotational trainer system and airborne trainer system.
Designed to help trainees learn various parachute landing fall positions, the landing trainer system has two variable heights of 4m and 8m, when compared with the old version at Hendon Camp, which could only bring apprentices up to 3m.
The rotational trainer system allows troopers to learn how to control their parachute and perform emergency drills, while the airborne trainer system enables them to experience exiting from a height of 11.2m and practising various flight drills before landing.
Specifically, the 200m monorail-like track has the ability to simulate different emergency scenarios, such as partial and total malfunction, and dragging a trainee upon his landing.
The rappelling training features a 60° and an 80° slope to simulate cliff operations, as well as an intermediate training cluster featuring various heli-rappelling and roping training from mock-ups of a CH-47 Chinook ramp door and the side of a Super Puma helicopter.
An advance training cluster including free-climbing and rappelling from balconies is also present, alongside an indoor segment that facilitates conduct of night training during the day.
The basic airborne course training is scheduled to be moved to the ATF by the year end.
Image: T-shaped window climb is one of the features of the intermediate training cluster of the Singapore Armed Forces ‘new Airborne-Trooper Training Facility. Photo: © 2014 Government of Singapore.