US has important role in Singapore's air defence capabilities progress: Ng Eng Hen
- POSTED: 12 Dec 2013 12:31
- UPDATED: 13 Dec 2013 00:05
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Singapore's air defence capabilities have progressed significantly in the last two decades, and the US government and US Air Force (USAF) have played an important role in this by providing training opportunities and sharing of practices.
SINGAPORE: Singapore's air defence capabilities have progressed significantly in the last two decades, and the US government and US Air Force (USAF) have played an important role in this by providing training opportunities and sharing of practices.
Singapore's Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen said this at the 20th anniversary parade of the Peace Carvin detachment at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona on Thursday.
He said the continuing engagement with the USAF has allowed the Republic of Singapore Air Force's (RSAF) combat capabilities to grow from strength to strength, by developing new concepts and advanced tactics.
This includes new weaponry that could strike beyond visual range and with greater accuracy.
Dr Ng added that today, the F-16s remain the backbone of the RSAF's fighter fleet, and give Singapore decisive air capabilities.
With the Defence Ministry's plans to upgrade the avionics and extend their lifespan, the F-16s will continue to play an important role in Singapore's multi-layered air defence system, he said.
Over the past 20 years, the RSAF has clocked over 50,000 flying hours during its training stints at Arizona.
On Thursday, Dr Ng also visited the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) who is conducting an exercise in Phoenix, Arizona.
The HIMARS Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System is being used for the first time by the SAF in the integrated Exercise Forging Sabre from December 8 to 13.
The exercise also saw the use of a wide range of precision munitions.
Dr Ng said the troop's morale is high as the exercise has been carried out successfully without any hitch.
He said: "It speaks of the professionalism we have over the years of continuous effort. We've come a long way. It gives us a lot of confidence about the abilities of the SAF."