Who would’ve thought the “Eye-in-the-Sky” would actually turn out to be a balloon.
The Aerostat, that’s what they’re calling the helium filled balloon that will house a surveillance radar to pick out aerial and sea threats from as far away as 200km. The balloon will be launched and tethered to an existing army base, and will be operated by the Republic of Singapore Air Force.
If you’re wondering how a balloon is going to be a superior implementation of scanning the skies and seas for enemies, it’s very simple. As it is common knowledge that there are high rise buildings almost all over the country, ground based radars aren’t the most effective for the job at hand, further more airborne radars which can operate around the clock are too expensive. Thus making the Aerostat a much more cost effective alternative.
The Aerostat can float up to a height of 2000 feet, the equivalent of a 200 storey building, that’s somewhere up in the clouds probably. It’ll constantly transmit collected data to ground forces such as the Police Coast Guard that vigilantly patrol our waters. Aerostats aren’t new, they’ve been in service since the 1980s and have been used by security agencies around the world.
If you’re looking to try and find the Aerostat in the sky, you’re probably going to have a hard time, the army base won’t be revealed and at 2000 feet in the sky, but to those of you threatened by security concerns you can sleep a little better knowing there’s a helium balloon floating somewhere in the skies of Singapore keeping a lookout all day and night.