The Republic of Singapore Air Force’s (RSAF) F-15SG multirole fighter aircraft are participating in the Red Flag – Nellis multi-national training exercise at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, US, for the first time.
In addition to eight F-15SG fighters, RSAF has also deployed eight F-16C/D fighter aircraft, three CH-47 Chinook helicopters, and 290 personnel from its Peace Carvin II, Peace Carvin V, and Peace Prairie detachments for the air-to-air combat training exercise.
Exercise Red Flag – Nellis is designed to enhance the combat readiness and operational capabilities of the participating countries by enabling them to perform air combat and strike operations in a realistic and high-threat environment.
The US Air Force’s F-22, F-15, F-16 and EA-18G fighters, the E-3 Sentry airborne early warning aircraft, and the French Air Force’s C-130 Hercules aircraft are also taking part in the two-week war games.
The event will conclude tomorrow.
RSAF Peace Carvin V Detachment commander lieutenant colonel Tham Yeow Min said: "We value the opportunity to train alongside our USAF and FAF counterparts in this large-scale exercise as it allows us to hone our operational competencies.
"This high-end exercise provides the RSAF with an opportunity to benchmark itself against other leading air forces.
"The RSAF has always done well at Exercise Red Flag – Nellis, and the RSAF F-15SGs will continue to uphold the high standards."
Singapore has been participating in the Red Flag – Nellis exercise since 1982.
The US Pacific Air Forces Command (PACAF)-led large force employment exercise, Red Flag, is held four times annually. It trains pilots and other flight crew members from the US, Nato and other allied countries.
Divided into two teams, Blue Forces and Red Forces, the participants perform counter air, precision strike and offensive air support in packages of up to 100 aircraft during each exercise.
Image: Singapore Air Force’s F-15S and USAF F-15C aircraft during Exercise Red Flag-Nellis in Nevada, US. Photo: courtesy of © 2014 Government of Singapore.