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Some 700 airmen and soldiers from the Singapore Armed Forces are taking part in Exercise Forging Sabre 2013 (XFS 13), in Phoenix, Arizona in the US.
SINGAPORE: Some 700 airmen and soldiers from the Singapore Armed Forces are taking part in Exercise Forging Sabre 2013 (XFS 13), in Phoenix, Arizona in the US.
Also involved are RSAF assets such as the F-15SG and F-16C/D fighter aircraft, Apache AH-64D and Chinook CH-47 helicopters, and the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) from the Singapore Army.
XFS 13, which started on December 2 and will end on December 17, is the fourth instalment in the series.
Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen on Wednesday witnessed an integrated live-firing by multiple sensor and shooter platforms orchestrated by the exercise command post staffed by Active and Operationally Ready NSmen from the RSAF and the Army.
Also present at the live-firing were chairman of the Government Parliamentary Committee for Defence and Foreign Affairs Dr Lim Wee Kiak, Chief of Air Force Major-General Hoo Cher Mou, and other senior SAF officers.
MINDEF says this year's exercise sees a wider range of precision strike munitions employed as compared to past instalments, including the Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAMs), Laser JDAMs, Radar and Laser Hellfire missiles, and GBU-12 Laser Guided Bombs, to destroy static and moving targets in day and night mission scenarios.
This is also the first time the HIMARS is firing Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) rockets in an SAF live-firing exercise.
Speaking after viewing the integrated live-firing and visiting the exercise command post, Dr Ng noted that XFS 13 provided the 3rd Generation SAF with an excellent opportunity to validate its integrated strike capabilities in a realistic and challenging environment.
He said: "The ability to pick up real-time moving targets, track them, and execute them and strike at them while they are moving is something very difficult to do militarily.
"It calls for a very high state of what we call sense-making -- the ability to know what is happening at that point of time because things can change.
"It speaks of the professionalism we have and the years of continuous effort. We have come a long way, and it gives us a lot of confidence about the abilities of the SAF."
As part of his visit, Dr Ng also met and interacted with SAF servicemen participating in the exercise as well as those from the RSAF's Peace Carvin II training detachment at Luke Air Force Base and their family members.