The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) has conducted aircraft launch and recovery operations as part of Exercise Torrent 2016.
Four F-15SGs, four F-16C/Ds and four F-16D+s used Lim Chu Kang (LCK) Road as well as the Tengah Air Base runway for simultaneous take-offs and landings.
As part of the RSAF's Exercise Torrent 2016, the LCK Road was converted into a runway for RSAF operations.
Exercise Torrent involved participation of nearly 1,000 RSAF servicemen, and about half of them are operationally-ready national servicemen (NSmen).
This exercise, which has been conducted for the seventh time since 1986, marks the inaugural participation of the F-15SG and demonstrated the RSAF's ability to convert a public road into an operational runway in times of contingency.
It also validated the coordination between the RSAF and other national agencies such as the Land Transport Authority of Singapore and the Singapore Police Force.
Singapore Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen said: "Singapore is a small country, we must always protect our airspace and this capability to be able to launch today 12 fighter jets – F-16s, and F-15s for the first time off Lim Chu Kang Road – shows that we can convert a highway into an airstrip, and it gives us a lot of confidence that we will be able to protect our skies under all conditions."
Image: The F-15SG fighter aircraft taking off from Lim Chu Kang Road, which was converted into an operational runway for the Republic of Singapore Air Force at Exercise Torrent. Photo: courtesy of Government of Singapore.