20 November 2009

Inauguration of RSAF F-15SG Fighter Detachment in US

20 November 2009


F-15SG uses the latest technology : Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) Radar, Infra-Red Search and Track (IRST) System, Joint Helmet-Mounted Cueing System (JHMCS), and Link-16 Fighter Data Link (photo : Mountainhome)

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence Teo Chee Hean officiated at the inauguration ceremony of the Republic of Singapore Air Force's (RSAF) Peace Carvin (PC) V F-15SG fighter detachment at the Mountain Home Air Force Base (MHAFB), USA, today (Singapore time). The inauguration marked a milestone in the RSAF's development of its advanced fighter capabilities to deliver more effective air power for the 3rd Generation SAF.

The PC V detachment was established in October 2008 as part of the US Air Force's (USAF's) 428th Fighter Squadron, and will operate up to 12 F-15SG fighter aircraft at the MHAFB for the next 25 years. The detachment of about 250 RSAF personnel comprises pilots, Weapons System Officers (Fighter) and ground crew. They will undergo air-to-air and air-to-ground training and development programmes to operationalise the F-15SG fighter aircraft, and set up a core group of fully qualified F-15SG air and ground crew. They will also participate in USAF exercises to hone their professional skills and enhance their combat readiness.

At the inauguration ceremony, Mr Teo said that the RSAF detachments in the US "have provided realistic, rigorous and demanding training for our airmen to build up their combat readiness. They have also seen countless friendships forged between the airmen and crews of our two Air Forces. They are a reflection of the longstanding defence relationship between Singapore and the United States."

Besides the PC V detachment, the RSAF has another ongoing F-16C/D fighter detachment (PC II) at the Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, which was established in 1992 under the PC Programme. In addition, the RSAF has two other training detachments in the US: Peace Prairie CH-47 Chinook helicopter detachment in Grand Prairie, Texas, and Peace Vanguard AH-64D Apache helicopter detachment in Marana, Arizona.

(Mindef)

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