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“After careful planning and preparations undertaken by both Australia and Singapore to minimise any potential COVID-19 risks to the Northern Territory, I am pleased we will be able to welcome the detachment from Singapore,” Minister Reynolds said.

“The arrival of the RSAF’s fighter detachment to conduct training in the Northern Territory underlines the strength of the Australia-Singapore partnership and our shared commitment to regional security.

Singapore’s military training in Australia is an important element of our Comprehensive Strategic Partnership.

It supports Singapore’s ability to generate a force that provides strategic weight and supports stability in our region.”
Thank you, Australia, for helping the RSAF at a time of need. Singapore has deployed aircraft and personnel to Australia for a two-month detachment from 7 Oct 2020 to 11 Dec 2020. Around 200 RSAF personnel - along with RSAF's F-15SGs, A330 MRTT and G550 AEW aircraft - will be stationed at Royal Australian Air Force Base Darwin during the course of the detachment.
Their timing is immaculate!
They arrive in Darwin at the commencement of the “buildup”, a hot humid time punctuated by quite violent afternoon storms called “knockemdowns” and lots of cumulonimbus cloud activity. Still I guess they will be used to the clouds.
Locals call this “Mango madness” season. It’s harvest time and the mangoes are plentiful and cheap.
The Dry season is when perfect flying conditions are experienced, little cloud and lots of vast open blue sky with no other traffic above FL10.
That’s just ended :D
 

OPSSG

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Their timing is immaculate!
They arrive in Darwin at the commencement of the “buildup”, a hot humid time punctuated by quite violent afternoon storms called “knockemdowns” and lots of cumulonimbus cloud activity.
According to a blogger, 1x C130H, 2x A330MRTT and 4x F-15SGs have landed in Darwin with a 2nd sortie to follow. See Press Release: Northern Territory to host RSAF

The 1st F-15SG landed in heavy rain.

h/t to Sid Mitchell of Aviation Spotters Online
 
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OPSSG

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Tracking RSAF’s capability growth — Part I
If they can land on an Endurance Class LPD, then landing on an LHD should be easy....
1. Deck Landing Qualifications is necessary to train air crew to safely operate from a sea base.

2. Nice video below of Singaporean CH-47 crews, permanently based at Oakey in Queensland, spent two days flying from Townsville to HMAS Adelaide at sea to undertake Deck Landing Qualifications. This included communicating with the warship’s flight control room and being guided by Australian sailors on the flight deck.

3. Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC said qualifying RSAF personnel, to operate their CH-47 aircraft with the Australian Navy, was a force-multiplier for both nations.

“Last week I conducted my second official visit to Singapore, and met with my counterpart Minister for Defence, Dr Ng Eng Hen. During the visit, we jointly marked 30 years of the Singapore Armed Forces training in Australia,” Minister Reynolds said.​
 
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OPSSG

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Tracking RSAF’s capability — Part II

4. Singapore’s Block 4.2, STOVL F-35Bs needs about 550 feet to take off & reduce dependence on long runways in war. Singapore’s F-35B *2 order includes a new brain for Block 4.2 jets delivered after 2023 — this includes an improved Lockheed electro-optical targeting system and a wide-area high-resolution synthetic aperture radar (SAR) mode – dubbed “– Big SAR” to the Northrop Grumman APG-81 AESA Radar. In Oct 2020, Pratt & Whitney was awarded a US$1.5 million contract by the F-35 Joint Program Office to study engine upgrade requirements for Block 4.2. The engine company plans to conclude the assessment for the improvements needed for its F135 engine by March 2021. The study is focused on what is needed to improve the up and away thrust, powered lift thrust, electrical power and thermal management capacity, as well as what it would take to reduce fuel burn of the engine.

5. Back in 2015, Gen. Herbert “Hawk” Carlisle, chief of Air Combat Command said: “I think as we look to the future, the Big SAR and advanced EOTS are the things we have to have on the sensor side.” The Computing upgrade for the F-35 is called Technical Refresh 3, and it's the first major electronic and computer update for the F-35 since Block 3i testing wrapped up in 2016. Besides runway denial, sophisticated SAM systems (including VL systems on naval vessels) can deny the control of air unless these fighters have VLO characteristics.

6. The F-35B’s 7 functions for the RSAF are, as follows:

(1) to conduct aerial reconnaissance;​
(2) to conduct air warfare (both offensive & defensive counter air);​
(3) to provide air support for troops (both BAI & CAS);​
(4) to support naval air-sea integration (including anti-ship missions);​
(5) to enable high end SEAD missions;​
(6) to conduct electronic warfare; &​
(7) to represent the RSAF in the annual NDP fly pass (plus at air shows :) ).​

7. Map of F-35B operators and potential operators.

8. F-35B/C award from the DoD that includes "unique sea trials on aircraft carriers for non-DoD participants". There is some suspicion that these sea trials are for Japan, Korea or Singapore — with a firm order of 4 F-35Bs (and an option for 8 more, to be exercised later).

9. STOVL F-35B offers opportunity for operators to develop carriers, with Australia*, Japan, Singapore, Spain**, and South Korea all having expressed interest.

*Thus far, Australia has only ordered F-35As. On 23 April 2014, Australia confirmed the purchase of 58 F-35A Lightning II fighters in a US$11.5 billion deal. The 58 fighter order is the second tranche of the Air 6000 Phase 2A/2B new air combat capability.

** The Spanish Navy wants to replace its 12 Harrier jets, which are launched from the LPH Juan Carlos I. That ship’s short, ski-jump deck makes the F-35B the only option on the market, according to Cdr. Antonio Estevan, a staff officer at the service’s plans and policy division. At present, despite the interest, Spain does not have declared plans to place an order of F-35Bs.

8 F-35 supply chain partners: Australia, Canada, Denmark, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, UK and the US​
  • 6 F-35 Potential Purchasers: Canada*1 Finland, Greece, Spain, Romania, and UAE

  • 13 F-35 Operators *1 with orders placed: Israel, Japan, South Korea, Belgium, Poland and Singapore *2
*1 Canada has not formerly placed an order for its allotment of F-35As (and therefore excluded as an operator)
*2 F-35 Block 4 is also expected to include integration of country-specific weapons requested by foreign F-35 operators, including U.K.’s SPEAR and Meteor missile, Norway’s Kongsberg Joint-Strike Missile, which can strike land or sea targets
 
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Sandhi Yudha

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Tracking RSAF’s capability — Part II

4. Singapore’s Block 4.2, STOVL F-35Bs needs about 550 feet to take off & reduce dependence on long runways in war. Singapore’s F-35B *2 order includes a new brain for Block 4.2 jets delivered after 2023 — this includes an improved Lockheed electro-optical targeting system and a wide-area high-resolution synthetic aperture radar (SAR) mode – dubbed “– Big SAR” to the Northrop Grumman APG-81 AESA Radar. In Oct 2020, Pratt & Whitney was awarded a US$1.5 million contract by the F-35 Joint Program Office to study engine upgrade requirements for Block 4.2. The engine company plans to conclude the assessment for the improvements needed for its F135 engine by March 2021. The study is focused on what is needed to improve the up and away thrust, powered lift thrust, electrical power and thermal management capacity, as well as what it would take to reduce fuel burn of the engine.

5. Back in 2015, Gen. Herbert “Hawk” Carlisle, chief of Air Combat Command said: “I think as we look to the future, the Big SAR and advanced EOTS are the things we have to have on the sensor side.” The Computing upgrade for the F-35 is called Technical Refresh 3, and it's the first major electronic and computer update for the F-35 since Block 3i testing wrapped up in 2016. Besides runway denial, sophisticated SAM systems (including VL systems on naval vessels) can deny the control of air unless these fighters have VLO characteristics.

6. The F-35B’s 7 functions for the RSAF are, as follows:

(1) to conduct aerial reconnaissance;​
(2) to conduct air warfare (both offensive & defensive counter air);​
(3) to provide air support for troops (both BAI & CAS);​
(4) to support naval air-sea integration (including anti-ship missions);​
(5) to enable high end SEAD missions;​
(6) to conduct electronic warfare; &​
(7) to represent the RSAF in the annual NDP fly pass (plus at air shows :) ).​

7. Map of F-35B operators and potential operators.

8. F-35B/C award from the DoD that includes "unique sea trials on aircraft carriers for non-DoD participants". There is some suspicion that these sea trials are for Japan, Korea or Singapore — with a firm order of 4 F-35Bs (and an option for 8 more, to be exercised later).

9. STOVL F-35B offers opportunity for operators to develop carriers, with Australia*, Japan, Singapore, Spain**, and South Korea all having expressed interest.

*Thus far, Australia has only ordered F-35As. On 23 April 2014, Australia confirmed the purchase of 58 F-35A Lightning II fighters in a US$11.5 billion deal. The 58 fighter order is the second tranche of the Air 6000 Phase 2A/2B new air combat capability.

** The Spanish Navy wants to replace its 12 Harrier jets, which are launched from the LPH Juan Carlos I. That ship’s short, ski-jump deck makes the F-35B the only option on the market, according to Cdr. Antonio Estevan, a staff officer at the service’s plans and policy division. At present, despite the interest, Spain does not have declared plans to place an order of F-35Bs.

8 F-35 supply chain partners: Australia, Canada, Denmark, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, UK and the US​
  • 6 F-35 Potential Purchasers: Canada*1 Finland, Greece, Spain, Romania, and UAE

  • 13 F-35 Operators *1 with orders placed: Israel, Japan, South Korea, Belgium, Poland and Singapore *2
*1 Canada has not formerly placed an order for its allotment of F-35As (and therefore excluded as an operator)
*2 F-35 Block 4 is also expected to include integration of country-specific weapons requested by foreign F-35 operators, including U.K.’s SPEAR and Meteor missile, Norway’s Kongsberg Joint-Strike Missile, which can strike land or sea targets
Australia, Japan, South-Korea and Spain already have LHDs/aircraft carriers, so the F-35B will be a logic choice.
Turkey is building the Anadolu LHD and planned to order the F-35B, but how about Singapore? Do they plan to build/order an LHD or do they plan to operate the F-35B in the "Swedish Way"?
 

OPSSG

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The F-35 program’s varied weapons integration plans is more interesting than its planned platform advances. The USAF wants a Global Precision Attack Weapon (GPAW), that would meet an ambitious set of characteristics: small, lightweight, and affordable in numbers, yet capable against hard and deeply buried targets, and with advanced sensors and autonomy.

The US Navy’s Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile-Extended Range (AARGM-ER) programme (to replace the existing anti-radiation missile) is great for supporting demanding SEAD missions; and the USAF is interested in modifying the AARGM-ER to become Stand-in Attack Weapon (SiAW). “The SiAW modifications will make the weapon relevant for fifth-generation aircraft and include the development and integration of a warhead and fuze capable of prosecuting an expanded target set, an active radar homing guidance system and a universal armament interface message set for the SiAW missile and F-35A aircraft,” says the USAF in its notice. “SiAW will also seek development of future advanced capabilities to keep it relevant for evolving threats.”
Turkey is building the Anadolu LHD and planned to order the F-35B, but how about Singapore? Do they plan to build/order an LHD or do they plan to operate the F-35B in the "Swedish Way"?
Swedish way via roads to runway. Better known locally as Exercise Torrent (as the RSAF demonstration of capability in the face of any runway denial attempt).

Turkey can kiss goodbye to F-35 program as no one in NATO can trust them.
 
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swerve

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Australia, Japan, South-Korea and Spain already have LHDs/aircraft carriers, so the F-35B will be a logic choice.
Turkey is building the Anadolu LHD and planned to order the F-35B, but how about Singapore? Do they plan to build/order an LHD or do they plan to operate the F-35B in the "Swedish Way"?
Japan's already ordered F-35B & is converting a helicopter carrier (no dock: faster than LHDs) into a STOVL carrier. Spain has an LHD which operates Harriers (which Spain has had for decades) & was designed with F-35B in mind. Australia has the same model of LHD, but no STOVL experience or publicly stated intention of acquiring. S. Korea has LHDs which are smaller than desirable for F-35B, but has announced plans to build a bigger STOVL carrier, I think comparable with the Japanese helicopter carriers.
 

CheeZe

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I've been trying to find information on the Hawker Hunters used by Singapore, specifically which models they acquired and upgraded as well as any publicly available specifications. I presume that once I know the models purchased, the specifications will be easier to find. If anyone can point me in the right direction or tell me the models, that'd be appreciated. Thanks
 

Stampede

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Tracking RSAF’s capability — Part II

4. Singapore’s Block 4.2, STOVL F-35Bs needs about 550 feet to take off & reduce dependence on long runways in war. Singapore’s F-35B *2 order includes a new brain for Block 4.2 jets delivered after 2023 — this includes an improved Lockheed electro-optical targeting system and a wide-area high-resolution synthetic aperture radar (SAR) mode – dubbed “– Big SAR” to the Northrop Grumman APG-81 AESA Radar. In Oct 2020, Pratt & Whitney was awarded a US$1.5 million contract by the F-35 Joint Program Office to study engine upgrade requirements for Block 4.2. The engine company plans to conclude the assessment for the improvements needed for its F135 engine by March 2021. The study is focused on what is needed to improve the up and away thrust, powered lift thrust, electrical power and thermal management capacity, as well as what it would take to reduce fuel burn of the engine.

5. Back in 2015, Gen. Herbert “Hawk” Carlisle, chief of Air Combat Command said: “I think as we look to the future, the Big SAR and advanced EOTS are the things we have to have on the sensor side.” The Computing upgrade for the F-35 is called Technical Refresh 3, and it's the first major electronic and computer update for the F-35 since Block 3i testing wrapped up in 2016. Besides runway denial, sophisticated SAM systems (including VL systems on naval vessels) can deny the control of air unless these fighters have VLO characteristics.

6. The F-35B’s 7 functions for the RSAF are, as follows:

(1) to conduct aerial reconnaissance;​
(2) to conduct air warfare (both offensive & defensive counter air);​
(3) to provide air support for troops (both BAI & CAS);​
(4) to support naval air-sea integration (including anti-ship missions);​
(5) to enable high end SEAD missions;​
(6) to conduct electronic warfare; &​
(7) to represent the RSAF in the annual NDP fly pass (plus at air shows :) ).​

7. Map of F-35B operators and potential operators.

8. F-35B/C award from the DoD that includes "unique sea trials on aircraft carriers for non-DoD participants". There is some suspicion that these sea trials are for Japan, Korea or Singapore — with a firm order of 4 F-35Bs (and an option for 8 more, to be exercised later).

9. STOVL F-35B offers opportunity for operators to develop carriers, with Australia*, Japan, Singapore, Spain**, and South Korea all having expressed interest.

*Thus far, Australia has only ordered F-35As. On 23 April 2014, Australia confirmed the purchase of 58 F-35A Lightning II fighters in a US$11.5 billion deal. The 58 fighter order is the second tranche of the Air 6000 Phase 2A/2B new air combat capability.

** The Spanish Navy wants to replace its 12 Harrier jets, which are launched from the LPH Juan Carlos I. That ship’s short, ski-jump deck makes the F-35B the only option on the market, according to Cdr. Antonio Estevan, a staff officer at the service’s plans and policy division. At present, despite the interest, Spain does not have declared plans to place an order of F-35Bs.

8 F-35 supply chain partners: Australia, Canada, Denmark, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, UK and the US​
  • 6 F-35 Potential Purchasers: Canada*1 Finland, Greece, Spain, Romania, and UAE

  • 13 F-35 Operators *1 with orders placed: Israel, Japan, South Korea, Belgium, Poland and Singapore *2
*1 Canada has not formerly placed an order for its allotment of F-35As (and therefore excluded as an operator)
*2 F-35 Block 4 is also expected to include integration of country-specific weapons requested by foreign F-35 operators, including U.K.’s SPEAR and Meteor missile, Norway’s Kongsberg Joint-Strike Missile, which can strike land or sea targets

"(7) to represent the RSAF in the annual NDP fly pass (plus at air shows :) ) "

Made my day...................Thanks


Regards S
 
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