Singapore needs to monitor the 500 mile long Straits of Malacca

‘U.S. defense contractor Northrop Grumman Corp. hopes to pitch its high-altitude military drones to Singapore to help the city-state better monitor air and sea traffic at the Strait of Malacca, one of the world’s busiest trade corridors….

“The need to be able to have very long-range intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capability to monitor all that traffic… suggests that [Singapore] needs a…system that could stay up in the air for a very long period of time and cover a very large ocean area,” said David Perry, Northrop’s chief global business-development officer, at the Singapore Airshow.’

The above paragraphs were posted in TRE. Northrop Grumman is going to sell us a very good drone eye in the sky. My immediate response was why not, the more we can see, the further we can see, the safer it is for our security. If we can monitor traffic in the Indian Ocean and the East and South China Seas would it not be better?

After much serious contemplation, all two seconds of it, I think this drone from Northrop is not good enough. What we really need is an eye in the sky, like a series of satellites floating in space to monitor the traffic across the globe. Then we can even double as the Deputy Sheriff for the Empire. We can wear a badge and carry a big clout too.

And to add to our defence and offence capability we need at least two aircraft carrier groups, one for the Indian Ocean and one for the South China Sea. We have the money and can afford it. All these military weapons manufacturers only need to convince us on how good their weapons are and how great would it be to have these toys. Surely we need them just like we need the F35s.

What do you think, boys?

PS. A blogger by the nick of Expensive Toys made this comment in the same thread in TRE. ‘Northrop is selling its drone here because it believes in the saying: “A fool and his money are soon parted.” It knows PAP will by anything as long as it is considered high-tech.’

I strongly disagree. We must have the best and the most expensive hardware to keep our potential enemies away. We must make sure they know we mean business and we can back up by our hardware and anything money can buy to deal with them. This kind of feeling and confidence really damn shiok.


Anonymous said...

"This kind of feeling and confidence really damn shiok."

U mean PAP feeling shiok? There are more shiok ones than this.

For instance, the shiok of knowing that the strongest opposition party is not even ready to be govt and 60% Sinkies are rich, happy and satisfied.

And for those unhappy Sinkies, can only kpkb on the Internet. Not even in Hong Lim Park anymore.

Shiok, tio bo?

Anonymous said...

Not even in Hong Lim Park anymore.
Anon 11:10 am

Ya lor. Give Sinkies the space and permission to protest they also not interested, or lost interest. Poor Gilbert, the Sinkie "Suthep".

Really shiok to rule Sinkies.

Anonymous said...

Maybe with the so-called most advanced war wares, Sin could call the shots in the Whole of the Malay Peninsula.
Who knows?

Veritas said...

USA expect us to bail out their defence contractors.

PAP will play sucker.

For the rich people, military hubris is more important than taking care of old.

Ⓜatilah $ingapura⚠️ said...

Gotta hand it to the Americans. They love to sell, and are damn good at it.

Anonymous said...

Not that they are damn good. The truth is that we have damn silly people willing to listen to them and be conned by them.

F35 is a good case, and now this. And the billions we lost helping their banks to patch up holes and to pay their bonuses.

We are invincible...fools.

Chua Chin Leng aka redbean said...

I think you guys are wrong. The Americans don't think we are fools. They know we are.

Ⓜatilah $ingapura⚠️ said...

Damn straight.

All you have to do is read the local blogs like the shitty TRE, and you'll know very quickly from the NOISE LEVEL that Singaporeans might be able to claim they are "book smart", but in real world and day-to-day operations, they need their papa government to tell them what to do, how to live and to slap them if they stray from the path of righteousness.

Nothing beats solid evidence.

Anonymous said...

"For instance, the shiok of knowing that the strongest opposition party is not even ready to be govt and 60% Sinkies are rich, happy and satisfied."
Anon 11:10 am

Tiok. This is the mother of all shioks. Without this shiok, all other shioks may not even be possible.

Anonymous said...

In Sinkieland, any party that is not ready to be govt will for sure not get majority Sinkie votes in a GE.

Unless majority Sinkies hate PAP so much that they will even vote for dogs and cats, instead of PAP. But haven't reach this stage yet lah, at least not by 2016.

Anonymous said...

"Among resident employed households, median monthly household income from work increased from $7,570 in 2012 to $7,870 in 2013, a 4.0 per cent growth in nominal terms, or 1.6 per cent in real terms."
Department of Statistics’ report

Wow! Meaning at least 50% of households have monthly income of $7870 lah.

So to have 60% Sinkies rich, happy and satisfied is quite possible lah. I think much better than what Sinkies thought.

So will PAP repeat (or even better) the result of GE 2011 in the next GE?

What do you think?

Anonymous said...

Now you know why election is this year? People's income are higher and households are getting richer.

Anonymous said...

Hire a ba ei, have him climb a very tall ladder, sit up there, 3 shifts.....employment taken care of, have it all round sin city, create jobs....how's the idea red bean, let you have patternship.

Ⓜatilah $ingapura⚠️ said...


>> 4.0 per cent growth in nominal terms, or 1.6 per cent in real terms.

What? 2% + inflation??

My two hairy rambutan lah.

I think SingStat made a mistake.

b said...

Want to be spanked like syria or iraq? Papa cowboy said must buy then must buy. You think sg is china or russia meh. Cannot defy papa. Thats why eu very smart, always tell the whole world they are going to be bankrupted. They see where the wind blowing and react accordingly. They already kenna spanked by papa many times already. Sg being run by a bunch of idiots will never learnt. Should declare the money as bonus for the people to use. So stingy on own people but so generous on others. The traitor DNA runs in the family.

b said...

February 19, 2014 1:51 pm>>

'$7,870 in 2013' is barely enough in sg - $2k for housing loan, $1k for car loan, $1k for childcare, $2k for CPF, $1k for parents and only left less than $1k for food and other necessity.