Army Open House Displays Singapore SOTF capabilities

    Every year the Singaporean Armed Forces hosts an Army Open House to allow the public to interact with various components of the military. This is similar to numerous other open houses across the world in which militaries display their wares and showcase abilities. However, Singapore is somewhat of a special case because the country is so small, that essentially a good portion of the entire country can get some hands on time with much of what the military has to offer, in one setting. For this year’s Open House, Shepard Media was quick to point out numerous advances in the military’s Special Operations Task Force (SOTF) armament. Specifically identifiable was the addition of Heckler & Koch 4.6mm MP7A1s, and 5.56x45mm NATO HK416s with the SOFT assaulters. FN Herstal P90s were also present, but these appeared to be regulated to a lesser used role than the MP7A1s. Elcan variable optics and Trijicon RMRs were mounted to the weapons, and a Steiner eOptics CQBL-1 mounted at the 12 o’clock position of some of the weapon systems. Helmet mounted NVGs appear to be one of the MINIE series from Thales Group Angenieux, and a surprising appearance of a MOHOC helmet-mounted camera system, specfically designed for military operations. The

    For many years SOTF were primarily armed with the FNH P90s but these have since been updated with MP7A1s. According to some sources a number of these weapons also appeared to have H&K marked, B&T produced suppressors on both the submachine guns and the 416s. During the course of events, the SOTF team engaged various “enemies” within a fabricated structure with blanks, much to the applause of the crowd.

    The entire event was filmed and narrated live on set as well. Well worth a watch-


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