Earlier this month, soldiers from 11th Command, Control, Communications, Computers, and Intelligence Battalion (11 C4I Bn) took part in a Reconnaissance (Recon) bike training. A key responsibility of these Recon vocationalists is to gather information in a timely and stealthy manner. Recon bikes can operate across all terrain and are heli-portable. They provide mission load support and manoeuvrability over long distances.
History of the 11 C4I Bn:
Knowledge is power. Reconnaissance vocationalists are tasked to obtain vital information without being detected. Stealthily, the “eyes and ears” of the SAF provide the Headquarters with accurate and timely reports to be analysed, giving Our Army the upper hand. The Department of Military Intelligence (DMI) was formed on 9th February 1966, located on Pearls Hill. In 1969, the Air Photo Unit and the School of Military Intelligence (SMI) was established. A Sensor System Wing was established in 1998 in SMI to provide expertise for the development and training of Intelligence Sensor Systems for the Army.
On 11 October 2004, the 1st Military Intelligence Battalion was created to provide the Army with a full spectrum intelligence capability, especially for Island Defence and PTCO as well as to spearhead the development and delivery of a 3G Intelligence capability. 10 and 11 C4I (Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence) Battalions were formed in 2011. They were created to provide faster response to support the High Readiness Core (HRC) in security operations and PTCO, and to support the combined arms brigade by providing them with a comprehensive situational awareness of the battlefield.
In recent years, the Reconnaissance Tab (“RECON”) was launched and presented to all RSTA Commanders and troopers. This serves as a symbol of excellence, instilling pride and purpose amongst all reconnaissance-trained soldiers.
The next generation aims to provide more precise and timely intelligence to enable swift interdiction of PTCO and conventional operations. This is enabled by harnessing on new intelligence domains; strengthening analysis via technology, and connecting intelligence entities via a common secured network structure.
Photos by PTE Isaac Loh and REC Basil Sim (Army News) - Courtesy of The Singapore Army
We are proud of our boys in green, thank you for keeping us and Singapore safe! Are you able to identify what kind of bikes are used by the Singapore Armed Forces? Maybe they should upgrade to Suzuki DRZs or some KTM 390s? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!