Republic of Singapore Air Force Participates in Joint Air Exercise

24 June 2010 (Last Updated June 24th, 2010 18:30)

The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) has, for the first time, participated in a joint air exercise with the French and Indian Air Forces in France. The Garuda 2010 is a 12-day exercise that began on 14 June 2010 at the Orange and Istres Air Bases in France. To participat

The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) has, for the first time, participated in a joint air exercise with the French and Indian Air Forces in France.

The Garuda 2010 is a 12-day exercise that began on 14 June 2010 at the Orange and Istres Air Bases in France.

To participate in the exercise, the RSAF carried out a long-range deployment, covering 11,500km from Singapore to France, according to Malaysian national news agency BERNAMA.

The air force has deployed approximately 180 personnel, six F-16D+ fighter jets and one KC-135R refuelling tanker in the exercise.

During the exercise, RSAF crew will carry out air combat, air defence and air-to-air refuelling missions.

The FAF have contributed Mirage-2000, Rafale fighters and C-135R transport aircraft, and the IAF has sent Sukhoi-30 fighters, Ilyushin IL-78 tanker aircraft and Ilyushin IL-76 transport aircraft.