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The annual Singapore Armed Forces Kartika (SAFKAR) INDOPURA 2016, a joint exercise between the Singaporean and Indonesian armies, was conducted in West Bandung, Indonesia, from 16 to 23 September.

Now in its 28th year, Exercise SAFKAR Indopura reaffirms the long-standing defense relations between both countries.

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RSS Formidable class Singaporean's Navy's are one of the most advanced frigates in south east asia.
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Singapore warplanes rehearse bomb runs in Idaho, Utah
11 Oct 2019

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A Singaporean MRTT aerial refueling tanker is pictured over the United States gassing up warplanes during exercise Forging Sabre 2019. (Photo courtesy of Singapore Ministry of Defence)

MELBOURNE, Australia – The southeast Asian island nation of Singapore has finished carrying out an integrated strike exercise in Idaho, honing its military’s ability to maintain a persistent presence on the battlefield as well as its ability to gather intelligence and act on it in a timely manner.

The exercise, codenamed Forging Sabre 19, was held primarily at Mountain Home Air Force Base in Idaho and the nearby Mountain Home Range Complex between Sept. 30 and Oct. 10, the Singaporean defense ministry said.

Taking part in the exercise were 600 Singaporean military personnel and 28 aircraft, including ten Boeing F-15SG Eagles, nine Lockheed-Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon multi-role fighters and five Boeing AH-64D Apache attack helicopters from the U.S-based training detachments of the Republic of Singapore Air Force, or RSAF.

This was the first time the biennial exercise was held in Idaho, with previous iterations having been conducted in Arizona. According to Singapore’s defense ministry, the training airspace available for use in Idaho is more than 20 times the size of the island Singapore and three times larger than the airspace available for training in Singapore.

In addition to the new location, this year’s exercise also saw a number of firsts. These include the participation of one of the RSAF’s Airbus A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport or MRTT aircraft, which has enabled the F-15SGs and F-16s to maintain a presence over the battlespace by refuelling in mid-air. The MRTT flew into Idaho in late September having arrived from Singapore via stops in Guam and Hawaii.

In addition, the MRTT also supported a live-firing exercise, which saw RSAF F-15SGs fly from Mountain Home AFB to the Utah Test and Training Range where live laser-guided bombs were employed. The F-15SGs then flew back to Idaho to continue supporting the exercise.

The exercise also saw the use of artificial intelligence to aid in the detection, classification and engagement of moving, time-sensitive targets. These include an automatic target detection system which uses machine learning to discern adversary targets via real-time video feeds gathered by intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance assets such the RSAF’s IAI Heron 1 unmanned aerial vehicles.

Exercise participants used a Target Look-Ahead or TLA system to analyse and then recommend an ideal location to engage the targets based on considerations such as strategic utility or the likelihood of collateral damage.

Exercise air director Col. Aldrin Tan said that the AI-enabled systems allowed the entire command post to think and decide faster, telling local media that “these processes actually help all the battle staff come to a faster appreciation of the situation and recommend those decisions up to me.“

At least one of the RSAF Heron 1s at the exercise was carrying a ventral housing containing an unknown payload for the first time. According to the ministry, the Heron 1 is being tasked to perform co-operative lasing with other airborne and ground-based assets to detect, track, and designate multiple moving targets.

Singapore, which is strategically located at the southern end of the Straits of Malacca and South China Sea, has one of the most advanced and sophisticated militaries in southeast Asia. The country, which is a security partner of the U.S, has in recent years transformed its military into a modern, networked, integrated force.

Singapore plays host to the U.S. Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship deployments, agreeing to host up to four ships during their rotating deployments to the region with its bases serving as the regional LCS maintenance hub. U.S. military ships and aircraft also regularly use Singaporean bases for stopovers, with the country hosting a number of American logistics units.

However, due to its small size, Singapore lacks adequate training areas for its military and has training and basing agreements with several nations including the United States, Australia and France. In addition to the RSAF aircraft training detachments based in Arizona and Idaho, the service, together with Singapore’s navy, also regularly takes part bilateral and multilateral exercises with U.S. forces.
 

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Royal Singapore Air Force celebrates 10 years of training at Idaho air base
Oct. 14, 2019

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An F-15SG fighter of the Royal Singapore Air Force sits at Mountain Home AFB, Idaho. The RSAF celebrated its 10th year of training at the base last week. Photo by A1C Renishia Richardson/U.S. Air Force


Oct. 14 (UPI) -- The Royal Singapore Air Force, with fighter planes but little space for an airbase, celebrated its 10th year of training operations in Idaho.

A ceremony commemorated Singapore's detachment of F-15SG fighter planes, known as the Peace Carvin V wing, and =training program at Mountain Home Air Force Base in Idaho last week.

It was officiated by Heng Chee How, Singapore's senior defense minister, who thanked the U.S. Air Force 366th Fighter Wing Squadron "for being such a trusted partner and a gracious host." He added that his country's detachment is "the anchor of the RSAF's F-15SG program, where we validate our war-fighting doctrines and qualify a steady flow of F-15SG pilots, weapon systems officers and instructors."

The U.S. squadron has also trained RSAF pilots on F-16 planes at Cannon AFB, N.M.

The detachment trains pilots, weapon systems officers and air force engineers to operate F-15SG fighter jets alongside their US Air Force counterparts. Pilots typically spend two to three years at the U.S. base, and bring their families to live in the United States.

One pilot, ME2 [Military Expert 2] Lee Ban Chin, told reporters he worried about his four children's return to Singapore's famously exceptional school system when he transitions home, later this year. The children have been preparing for the School Placement Exercise for Returning Singaporeans, or Spers, and their struggle has concerned him.

"When my eldest son was preparing for his Secondary 2 Spers, I saw him struggle a lot, because he didn't have our Singapore primary school foundation," said Lee's wife, Angela Giam. "For him to skip Primary 6 and then study for the Secondary 2 exam, I saw him struggle."

About 375 RSAF are deployed in Idaho at any time, and community support, including communal family dinners, is encouraged. On weekends families shop in Boise and recently visited a local pumpkin farm with a Halloween theme.

Singapore, a largely urban country of only 280 square miles, has little area to train pilots, and has long-term training agreements with several countries, including France and Australia.
 
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