F15 Jets Came Home


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The 149 Squadron of the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) inaugurated. 149 Squadron (F15 Squadron) will come under the Air Combat Command (ACC) which plans, controls and executes air warfare operations.The ceremony was held at the Paya Lebar Airbase. This is a significant milestone in the development of the air force’s capabilities. Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Teo Chee Hean said in the inauguration ceremony that the F-15SGs will also play a very important role in the Singapore Armed Forces overall operations, including its ability to ‘deal decisively’ with future threats.

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ST Engineering wins RSAF maintenance contract


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ST Engineering today announced that its aerospace arm, ST Aerospace, has been awarded two maintenance contracts for six years by the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) for a total value of SGD $363 million. The maintenance contract is for maintaining RSAF’s fleet of aircraft.

RSAF Training Helicopter Crash Landed


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A lightweight helicopter, Eurocopter EC120 Colibri (Hummingbird), had to make an emergency landing on an open field at Woodlands Avenue 10. The ST Aerospace owned helicopter is used to train RSAF pilots. According to MINDEF, there had been a possible problem with the gear box when a malfunction light lit up.

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RSAF F-15SG Detachment Inaugurated


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The Republic of Singapore air force (RSAF) held a Peace Carvin V (PC Five) inauguration ceremony at Mountain Home Air Force Base (MHAFB). Peace Carvin V is a partnership between the Republic of Singapore and the United States government for the next 25 years. Read more »

RSAF Serviceman Killed In Accident


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A 21-year-old Republic of Singapore Air Forces (RSAF) regular serviceman died in a road accident along a highway in North Florida, United States. Lieutenant (LTA) Chee Zhi Hao and two other RSAF pilot trainees were returning from a visit to the Pensacola Naval Air Station and was driving along US Highway 331 near Freeport. The Toyota Corolla was travelling on inner lane veered onto a grassy shoulder and moved for some distance before Lim slammed on the brakes. It travelled for another 14m before hitting the back of a parked Chevrolet truck. Read more »

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.

RSAF Received New Airborne Early Warning Aircraft


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The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) received its first of the four Gulfstream 550 Airborne Early Warning (G550-AEW) aircraft at Tengah Air Base this evening. Chief of Air Force, Major-General Ng Chee Khern, officiated at the homecoming ceremony. The RSAF has acquired a total of four G550-AEW aircraft to replace its ageing E-2C Hawkeye aircraft which have served the Air Force well for more than 20 years. Equipped with a sophisticated mission suite that includes an Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar, the G550-AEW aircraft is able to detect, identify and track aerial targets. The G550-AEW aircraft has a longer detection range (200 nautical miles) than the E-2C Hawkeye. Read more »

Singapore Airspace Shut Down


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The airspace was shut down last night when two missile-armed Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) F16D jets were scrambled to intercept a civilian plane heading here without an approved flight plan. The fighter jets went into action at 6.42pm and intercepted the single-engine turboprop Cessna 208 Caravan Amphibian (a float plane able to land on water) and escorted it to land at Changi Airport. The resulting lockdown of Singapore’s airspace triggered by the intrusion affected 17 inbound flights, which were forced into holding patterns. Six departures were delayed. Read more »

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.

Boeing rolled out Singapore’s F-15SG fighters


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The Boeing Company completed its first flight of the new Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) new F-15SG from Lambert International Airport in St. Louis. The F-15SG is a variant of the highly capable, combat-proven F-15E. According to Boeing spokeperson, the rollout of F-15SG1 is on schedule and demonstrates that Boeing is off to a great start as the RSAF builds to a procurement of 24 F-15SG aircraft. The aircraft now will undergo a one-year flight test program to confirm aircraft performance. Flight testing will take place at Boeing facilities in St. Louis and in Palmdale, Calif. F-15SG production deliveries will begin in the second quarter of 2009. The final aircraft in this procurement will be delivered to the RSAF in 2012. The capabilities of the F-15SG are a blend of speed, power and agility – a combination that makes the aircraft the ultimate multirole fighter, versatile in all missions.

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Singapore selected the General Electric F110-GE-129 which was rated at 29,000 pounds thrust. The F110 engine was conceived as an alternative to the Pratt & Whitney F100, the GE F110 is designed to provide significantly higher performance, greatly improved reliability, and sharply reduced operation and support costs.

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Inauguration of the RSAF’s Air Combat Command


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The restructuring of the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) was completed with the inauguration of the Air Combat Command. Under the restructured RSAF, the five mission-oriented functional commands are: the Air Combat Command (ACC), the and the Air Power Generation Command (APGC), the Air Defence and Operations Command (ADOC), the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Command (UC), and the Participation Command (PC). The ACC is responsible for the planning, control and execution of the air battle in operations. It brings together all fighter and transport squadrons that will carry out these tasks under a single command which will be responsible for training the pilots and aircrew to think and operate in a fully integrated way.

New Pilatus PC-21 Aircraft Trainers


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The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) has entered into service twelve new Pilatus PC-21 aircraft trainers at its flying training school running the Basic Wing Course (BWC) in Pearce, Australia. The latest aircraft trainer will replace the SIAI-Marchetti S.211 which has been the RSAF’s basic trainer for the last 24 years. The new aircraft trainer allows pilot trainees to build a strong foundation in flying fundamentals and makes it easier for the RSAF to better evaluate their performance. It also helps the RSAF identify those with fighter flying aptitude early. Read more »

RSAF Pilatus PC-21 Makes its Maiden Flight


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The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF)’s first Pilatus PC-21 aircraft trainer completed its successful flight test in Stans, Switzerland on 21 Jan 2008. The acquisition of the Pilatus PC-21, a highly advanced tandem-seat turboprop aircraft trainer, is part of the RSAF’s transformation to enhance the basic training and proficiency of its pilot trainees. The first batch of 6 PC-21 aircraft trainers will be delivered to the RSAF Flying Training School (FTS) for its Basic Wing Course (BWC) at Pearce, Australia in April 2008. Read more »

Singapore Purchase 12 More F-15SG


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Singapore’s Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) exercised the option to purchase eight more F-15SG fighters as part of the original contract signed in 2005. Along with this buy, an additional order for four F-15SGs was made, bringing the total number of F-15SGs purchased to 24.

RSAF UAV Command Inaugurated


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Minister for Defence Teo Chee Hean officiated at a parade to inaugurate the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Command (RSAF UAV Command), at Murai Camp. Read more »

RSAF Trainer Aircraft Over Ran Runway In Australia


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A RSAF SIAI-Marchetti S.211 jet trainer aircraft based in RAAF Pearce over ran the runway at RAAF Gingin.

Singapore Purchase 12 New F-15SG


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MINDEF announced that the Boeing F-15SG Strike Eagle had won the contract over the Rafale. The RSAF embarked on its Next Generation Fighter (NGF) programme to replace the aging A-4SU Super Skyhawks. The original list of competitors was shortlisted to the final two – Dassault Rafale and the F-15SG Strike Eagle. Read more »

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 »

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