New Zealand to host Singapore Air Force flying training exercise


The Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) is set to host a Republic of Singapore Air Force flying training exercise from 30 August to 25 September.

To be conducted at Ohakea Air Force Base (AFB) in New Zealand, the exercise will witness participation from six F-16D+ Fighting Falcon aircraft.

Equipped with associated support equipment, more than 110 personnel will perform training missions across the country.

The training will include day and night flying using New Zealand air weapons ranges, as well as other training at both high and low-altitude.

New Zealand Defence Minister Mark Mitchell said: “Singapore is one of our closest defence partners. All three Services of the New Zealand Defence Force regularly train and exercise with their Singaporean counterparts.

"This exercise is timely in that it will provide valuable data for the process and how basing F15s at Ohakea might work for our airforce."

“Our two countries have an active agreement to explore opportunities for further military cooperation and training."

Singapore has also asked the New Zealand Government to consider accommodating F-15SG fighter jet training at Ohakea AFB in the long-term, according to Mitchell.

Mitchell added: “At the moment, both countries are carrying out a range of studies to enable everyone to make an informed decision on a possible proposal, but we have similar values and it could be a good fit.

“This exercise is timely in that it will provide valuable data for the process and how basing F15s at Ohakea might work for our airforce.

“The government is committed to following a good process and is firmly committed to work closely on this with local communities through their mayors and councils. That engagement has already begun.”