Singapore To Scrap The Idea of Buying F-35B

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Singapore is to buy its first squadron of vertical take-offs jets, which consisted of 12 planes, of Lockheed Martin’s F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) (see update below). The F-35 is the world’s most expensive conventional weapon system but Lockheed promises the F-35 will be four times more effective than contemporary fighters in air-to-ground combat, three times more effective in reconnaissance and suppression, with better range, improved support, and equal costs. Singapore showed interest in acquring the F-35 since 2003. Read more »

Singapore Airshow 2012

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The Singapore Airshow 2012 is a 6-day event, taking place from 14 to 19 February 2012. The first 4 days of the Singapore Airshow are exclusively for trade attendees and the final 2 weekend days are open to general public at large. Show visitors are treated to an extra 30-minute aerobatic flying display taking place at this year’s Singapore Airshow over the public weekend on 18 and 19 February. This is in addition to the 60-minute aerial display. The highlight of the 2012 airshow was the visit and flyby of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. A old Singapore Airlines’ Boeing 747 was a the centre stage of the show, it was there to mark its retirement after serving SIA for 40 years. Read more »

Exercise Pitch Black

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About 180 personnel and various aircraft, eight F-16 C/D fighter jets, an E-2C Airborne Early Warning aircraft and a KC-135R tanker aircraft from the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) are participating in Exercise Pitch Black, a multilateral air combat exercise. According to Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) this is the 20th year (since 1990) of Exercise Pitch Black which started between Singapore and Australia and later included other air forces in the region. It gave RSAF the opportunity to conduct air operations under realistic training conditions and enhance inter-operability with other participating air forces. The excercise was held in Darwin (Australia) between 16 July 2010 to 6 August 2010.

USA to support Singapore F-16 pilot training program

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US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) had made a Military Sale to the Government of Singapore the continuation of the Continental United States (CONUS) pilot proficiency training program for munitions, services and support for Singapore F-16C/D aircraft stationed in Luke Air Force Base, Arizona. This program will enable Singapore to develop mission-ready and experienced pilots through this training program to support Singapore’s current and future F-16 aircraft inventory. The estimated that it will cost Singapore about USD $250 million and there is no prime contractor involved in this program.

Public Road Converted Into Alternate Runway

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A Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) F-16D+ fighter takes off from a public road during an Air Power Generation exercise. More than 10 Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) aircraft executed a series of take-offs and landings on Lim Chu Kang Road as part of an exercise. Lim Chu Kang Road was converted into an alternate runway by the RSAF’s Air Power Generation Command (APGC) for an exercise involving the RSAF’s F-5 and F-16 fighter aircraft, and E-2C airborne early warning aircraft. The sixth in the series since 1986, the Alternate Runway Exercise hones the RSAFs readiness and ability to deliver uninterrupted air power at all times.

The Inaugural Singapore Airshow 2008

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The inaugural Singapore Airshow 2008 was held from 19 February to 24 February 2008, with the first four days reserved for trade visitors at the purpose-built New Changi Exhibition Centre. Changi Exhibition Centre (CEC) is situated on a plot of land just beyond the northern edge perimeter fencing of Changi Air Base (East), which was itself located due east of the nearby Singapore Changi Airport. Besides the usual aerospace exhibits and static displays, the event saw the return of aerobatic flying displays put up by the Airbus A380, RSAF’s Black Knights in their F-16s and the Roulettes of the Royal Australian Air Force.

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RSAF Changi Air Base (East) Opened

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Changi Air Base (East), or Changi East Complex is a new facility extending the facilities of Changi Air Base. Built on 2 square kilometre site of reclaimed land, the new base is located approximately 2 kilometres east of Singapore Changi Airport and approximately 1.5 kilometre west of Changi Naval Base. Ground breaking took place on 15 July 2002. Read more »

RSAF F-16 Fighter Jet Crashed

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A Singapore Republic Air Force (RSAF) F-16C fighter jet crashed during a routine night training mission south of Barry M. Goldwater Range Military training range in southern Arizona. The plane was piloted by 25-years old, Lieutenant Loo Kwang Han, had taken off from Luke Air Force Base with two other aircraft on a routine night training flight. About 45 minutes into the flight, communication with the missing aircraft was lost. Lieutenant Loo Kwang Han died in the crash.

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Two Students Flew In F-16s

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Two students from the Singapore Youth Flying Club (SYFC), 18-year old Gabriel Yam and 20-year old Matthew Foo, flew on the F-16 fighter jet. This was the first time that the RSAF provides a familiarisation flight on the F-16 fighters. Read more »

F-35 JSF For Singapore Air Force

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The Singapore Ministry of Defence and the United States Department of Defense signed a Letter of Intent this morning to mark Singapore’s intention to participate in the System Design and Development Phase of the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) programme. The arrangement provides an early opportunity to assess the JSF’s ability to meet the Republic of Singapore Air Force’s operational requirements. Singapore will have insights into the JSF’s development progress and be able to conduct studies for integration of Singapore’s requirements into the JSF. As an SCP, Singapore can also request early purchase of the JSF for delivery from 2015 onwards and will probably replaces the F-16 by 2020. Read more »

RSAF jet in US crashes in training

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A Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) F-16C fighter aircraft crashed during a training flight near the Luke Air Force Base in Arizona, in the United States. A statement from the Defence Ministry (Mindef).

Twenty More F-16D For RSAF

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The Singapore Government revealed that it was ordering another twenty F-16D Block 52 under Peace Carvin IV (PC4). The new F-16 will be equipped with the extended spine to accommodate an extensive ECM suite. Deliveries of the aircraft will commence at the end of 2003. The aircraft are powered by the Pratt & Whitney F100-229 engine. All aircraft were received before the end of 2004. Read more »

RSAF F-16 USA Detachment

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In 1998, the governments of the United States and Singapore signed an agreement laying the foundation of the Peace Carvin III (PC Three) program. As a Foreign Military Sales training program for the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF), Peace Carvin III was designed for the continued training of RSAF in rapid deployment and tactical employment of the block 52 F-16 C/D throughout a wide spectrum of missions including air to- air, joint maritime and precision air-to-ground weapons delivery. Read more »

Asian Aerospace ‘98

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The Ninth Asian Aerospace ‘98 (AA98) is a 6-day event, taking place from 24 February to 1 March 1998. The first 4 days of the Singapore Airshow are exclusively for trade attendees and the final 2 weekend days are open to general public at large. Show visitors are treated to an extra 30-minute aerobatic flying display taking place at this year’s Singapore Airshow over the public weekend. This is in addition to the 60-minute aerial display. Read more »

RSAF buys 4 tanker planes from US

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The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) buy four used tanker planes for mid-air refuelling. The KC-135 plane will be used to support the RSAF’s fleet of F-16 fighter aircraft in overseas training and exercises.

More F-16 C/D For The Air Force

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Singapore government announced Peace Carvin II (PC2) which saw the purchase of eighteen F-16 C/Ds (8 x F-16C Block 52 and 10 x F-16D Block 52). The decision was reportedly based on price quoted by Lockheed Martin of USD $23m for each F-16. The new machines will be powered by the F100-PW-229 engine and will have a down rated version of the LANTIRN pod system. The aircraft are AIM-120 AMRAAM and AGM-88 Harm capable.

Two RSAF F-16A Collided Over South China Sea

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Mid-air collision between two RSAF F-16A occurred over the South China Sea. One of the F16 had a third of the right wing was sheared off and the flap bent up 90 degrees. There was also damage to the vertical and horizontal stabilizers on the right side. The other F16 crashed into South China Sea and the pilot ejected out safely.

Asian Aerospace ‘90

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This is the Fifth Asian Aerospace (AA90) show in Singapore with some 25,000 trade and 50,000 public visitors attended the five-day Asian Aerospace ‘90 show at Singapore’s Changi International Exhibition and Conference Centre (CIECC). Read more »

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