Thursday, October 16, 2014


A MATADOR was found lying by the road at Lim Chu Kang Road this morning. A MATADOR is an even more powerful weapon than the M16 or SAR21 rifles.
It is currently unknown whether the weapon was a real MATADOR or simply a training dummy set but nevertheless, it is still a serious security breach for such military equipment to be left lying around.
A MATADOR stands for Man-portable Anti-Tank, Anti-DOoR. It is disposable anti-armor weapon system developed in collaboration between Singapore and Israel and is an updated version of the German Armbrust design.

The MATADOR is among the lightest in its class. The warhead is effective against both vehicle armour and brick walls. The weapon has little backblast, making it safe for operation in confined spaces.
The Army has several dummy sets which look and feel the same as a real MATADOR but do not have firing capabilities. These are often used in training to help soldiers get used to carrying one and manoeuvring with the weapon.

However, at the end of training sessions, the dummy set also needs to be returned to storage and accounted for.

It is unknown how such a weapon, even a dummy set, could be left lying on a civilian road.
The SAF has been notified of the abandoned MATADOR but they are yet to issue any public statement explaining the apparent security breach.

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