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Singapore Air Force gets a little bigger

Posted by jtsmyth8 on October 22, 2007

Singapore is adding 12 more F-15SG Strike Eagle fighter planes to the air force’s arsenal, doubling its fleet of such warplanes bought in a December 2005 deal.

The first American-made F-15SG warplane, now in the final stages of assembly at the Boeing plant in St Louis, Missouri, is expected to undergo flight testing in Missouri and in California from November.

The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) is expected to receive its first F-15SG from 2010.

The two-seat F-15SG is the latest variant of a fighter aircraft that has a perfect combat record of 101 victories to zero defeats since it was introduced 30 years ago.

Defence analysts said the upsized F-15SG fleet will strengthen the RSAF’s ability to conduct air defence missions and train its pilots.

‘Twenty four planes will enable the RSAF to maintain a meaningful operational capability in terms of the number of aircraft you can sustain over an area of operations,” said a defence analyst.

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