Singapore will buy 120 missiles at the cost of about SGD $300 Million (USD $246 million). The sale will include 100 AIM-120C7 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM) and 20 AIM-9X-2 Sidewinder Block II All Up Round Missiles. These missiles can be carried on any Singapore’s 24 F-15SGs Jets for counter-piracy and counterterrorism roles. Read more »
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 »
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Two airmen from the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) left for Brindisi in Italy early this morning. RSAF and the Italian Air Force (ITAF) signed a Technical Agreement to train Singapore military personnel in Italy. The agreement sets the terms of the participation of six Singaporean trainee pilots to the ITAF flying training program in Lecce Air Base (Comune di Galatina, Provincia di Lecce, South-Eastern Italy), to obtain the Military Pilot Licence with Aermacchi MB-339A Advanced Jet Trainer at ITAF 213 Squadron (AMI 213º Gruppo). Read more »
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Singapore’s newly acquired Gulfstream 550 Airborne Early Warning (G550-AEW) aircraft became fully operational. The G550 aircraft uses one of the world’s most advanced radar and communications systems to detect aerial threats. It has a detection range of more than 200 nautical miles. Today also see the commended the work of the 111 Squadron (RSAF Sqn 111), also known as the Jaegers, which operates the G550-AEW aircraft. Read more »
Minister for Defence Ng Eng Hen visited the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Peace Carvin V (PC Five) F-15SG Fighter Detachment at the Mountain Home Air Force Base (MHAFB) in Idaho yesterday in his introductory visit to the United States. The PC V detachment is home to about 180 RSAF personnel comprising pilots, weapons systems officers and ground crew. The RSAF F-15SG detachment was inaugurated in 2009. Read more »
RSAF’s Chief of Staff (Air Staff) Brigadier-General (BG) Wong Huat Sern and General Jean-Luc Crochard of the Armee de l’Air attended the ground breaking ceremony for a new two-storey building at Cazaux to house flight simulators, equipment and instructional materials, interactive classrooms and briefing rooms for the RSAF’s Advanced Jet Training (AJT) detachment. The new RSAF 150 Squadron annex building is scheduled to be completed by late 2013. Read more »
The French Air Force Chief of Staff, General Jean-Paul Palomeros, has been conferred Singapore’s prestigious Meritorious Service Medal in recognition of his efforts in forging ties between the French Air Force (FAF) and the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF). Since 2002, FAF has provided support for the RSAF’s Advanced Jet Training (AJT) at Cazaux Air Base in France. Read more »
Temasek Polytechnic has tied up with the Singapore Youth Flying Club (SYFC) to offer flying lessons to students. The scheme will allowed 30 of 150 students currently taking the Aviation Management & Services course an opportunity to to fly the Diamond Trainer and to obtain a PPL (Private Pilot License). Assessment criteria for will be stringent – first is pass the psychometric test (also known as compass test) held by the Republic of Singapore Air Force, then an interview with the selection board at SYFC and then must pass a full medical test at ST Aeromedical Centre. Read more »
The Defence Minister, Teo Chee Hean, said that it was a defective component in an Apache helicopter from Squadron 120 that caused the pilot to do an emergency crash landing in an open field in Woodlands. The defective component was an Anti-Ice Start Bleed Valve (AISBV) that had led to a sudden loss of power and eventually shut-down of both engines during flight. The defect was caused by corrosion in the valve which occurred over time and there was no evidence that there were manufacturing defects in those valves.
The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) has retired its fleet of E-2C Hawkeye, an Airborne Early Warning Aircraft. One of the E-2C made its last flight from Tengah Airbase to Paya Lebar Airbase. The aircraft will form part of RSAF Air Force Museum’s static display which will be accessible to the public.
A Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF 120 Squadron) Apache AH-64 helicopter from Sembawang Air Base made an emergency landing in an open field next to Seagate Woodlands Building. According to the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF), the helicopter was on a routine flight when it encountered engine problems and the two pilots chose an open field to crash land it.
Singapore Defence Ministry (MINDEF) announce in September 2010 a half billion dollars (S$543 million) contract to a consortium consisting of Italian manufacturer Alenia Aermacchi will provide the Aermacchi M-346 aircraft; Honeywell will supply each of the 12 aircraft the F124 engines (S$54 million each); Boeing, will provide training and simulator systems; and ST Aerospace, will provide 25-year maintenance services and overall management of the Advanced Jet Trainer replacement project. Alenia Aermacchi finalized contracts with ST Aerospace in June 2011 to provide logistics support for the fleet. Alenia Aermacchi M-346 “Master” Advanced Jet Trainer (AJT) lead-in fighter for RSAF’s Fighter Wings Course (FWC) located in Cazaux in France. Read more »
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.
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Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong visited the Peace Carvin V detachment facility located at Mountain View (US) Air Force Base, Idaho, USA. Peace Carvin V is a partnership between Singapore and the US that spans 25 years. Singapore bought 24 new F-15SG jets under the tie-up arrangement. It is at this base that RSAF pilots are trained to fly and operate the advanced fighter aircraft, which makes up part of the SAF’s 3rd-Generation defence capabilities. The F-15SG squadron is part of the air force’s Air Combat Command which plans, controls and executes air warfare operations. The RSAF F-15SG detachment was inaugurated in 2009.