SINGAPORE, March 3 (Xinhua) -- A total of 88 hectares' land costing about 900 million Singapore dollars (635.86 million U.S. dollars) in western Singapore will be built into soldiers' training ground, said Defense Minister Ng Eng Hen in Parliament on Friday.
The project, dubbed the Safti City, is expected to complete in 10 years. Once it is completed, Ng said it will allow soldiers to train in a dense urban environment that closely resembles Singapore's landscape.
He stressed that Singapore must have world-class training facilities in the country itself and must guard against over-dependence on overseas training grounds.
"It is not possible for all our National Servicemen to only train overseas as the bulk of our training is still conducted locally, especially for our Army," said Ng.
The Safti City will feature both urban and conventional terrains that include settings like low houses, high-rise buildings, jungle, river and hills so that it allows any battalion to fight across different terrains successively as they will do in real-life missions.