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Post 1 of 3: Some Republic of Singapore Air Force 2022 Updates

1. In 2022, the RSAF has started taking delivery of 1st two of 16 the CH-47Fs in Singapore (following its initial delivery to the RSAF Helicopter Detachment in Oakey, Australia). 11 are to be based in Sembawang Air Base, with 5 based in Oakey, Australia — the CH-47Fs are sold under a Direct Commercial Sales contract with Boeing to replace the RSAF’s fleet of older D/SD series of Chinooks.
(a) These CH-47Fs are powered by two Honeywell T55-GA-714A engines, with a Time Between Overhaul of 3,000 hours. When compared to the engines on CH-47Ds to be retired, these new engines provide a 22% increase in power, a 7% reduction in Specific Fuel Consumption, while enabling a 25% reduction in operation and support costs.​
(b) The CH-47F, as the world’s fastest military helicopter, can fly at up to 175 knots, with a range of 609 km (329 nautical miles), and can fly as high as 20,000 feet. The survivability upgrades also include rectangular-shaped radar warning receivers, a product of Elbit Systems — who provided the onboard defensive suite.​

2. The SATCOM antenna on the top of the CH-47F fuselage and select H225Ms— facilitate comms on HADR and other missions from a sea base. The H225M is powered by 2 Turbomeca Makila 2A1 turboshaft engines. The Turbomeca Makila 2A1 turboshaft engine has a Time Between Overhaul of up to 4,000 hours, and a 14% increase in power. This enables Singapore’s H225Ms to fly at over 170 knots for overwater SAR, and enables the helicopter to fly special operations forces support missions.

3. In other news, the USAF will hold the second of 2 online public scoping meetings in Feb 2022 to discuss the proposal to place a permanent Foreign Military Sales Pilot Training Center at Ebbing Air National Guard Base in Fort Smith, as well as answer questions and hear feedback from the public. Ebbing was selected in 2021 as the USAF's preferred location for a pilot training center for Singapore and other countries participating in the Foreign Military Sales program. The proposal would accommodate up to 24 foreign F-35s and move 12 F-16s from the Singapore air force, currently at the Luke Air Force Base.
 
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Post 2 of 3: Some Republic of Singapore Air Force 2022 Updates

4. In relation to the upgrade of Singapore’s fleet of 20 F-16C and 40 F-16D Block 52/52+, Major General Kelvin Khong, in the run-up to Singapore Airshow 2022 replied to the press as follows:

“Our F-16C/Ds fleet of fighter aircraft is being upgraded in phases, and we have commenced initial deliveries of the upgraded F-16 in June 2021… Subsequent deliveries will be rolled out progressively to ensure that the RSAF continues to have a capable fleet of fighter aircraft to meet our defence requirements. We will continue to operate these fighter aircraft for at least another decade and are working towards replacing the F-16s at the end of their operational life,” he added.​

5. Shepard News reported that Boeing has signed agreements with the DSTA in Singapore to create a data exchange pipeline to enable collaborative data analysis for RSAF F-15SGs.

“The data exchange pipeline will store and facilitate the analysis of supply chain data for the F-15SG aircraft fleet, with the goal of developing predictive maintenance actions that will enhance the operational readiness of the Republic of Singapore Air Force,” Boeing announced in a 15 Feb 2022 statement.​
 
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425th Fighter Squadron Updates

1. Speaking on 8 Mar 2022 at a town hall in Fort Smith, Col. Rob Ator, USAF (Ret.), and Arkansas Economic Development Commission director of Military Affairs, said the pilot training center at Ebbing National Guard Air Base in Fort Smith that is part of the federal Foreign Military Sales program should be confirmed in April 2023.

2. Col. Rob Ator, USAF (Ret.) told the more than 100 people at the Fort Smith town hall that with an April 2023 final decision the 12 F-16s of 425th Fighter Squadron (belonging to Singapore) would arrive at Ebbing in June 2023. It is estimated the center would be home to 345 U.S. military personnel and bring to Ebbing or Selfridge an estimated 180-plus members of the Singapore fighter detachment and around 300 dependents – 825 total.

Source: 57th Wing Public Affairs
Image: USAF/William R. Lewis
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3. Meanwhile 9 F-16s from the 425th Fighter Squadron will be participate in Exercise Red Flag 22-2 – Nellis, held from 7 to 18 Mar 2022 (US time). The exercise will include 14 units with approximately 1,750 personnel from the USAF, US Marine Corps, US Navy and Air National Guard, Royal Saudi Air Force and Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF).
(a) The primary focus is on combat missions, mission commander upgrades and flag-unique experiences for the 55 aircraft involved in the large-scale air combat exercise.​
(b) Red Flag 22-2 will concentrate on three primary themes to include defensive, offensive, and counter-air techniques. The RSAF has been participating in Exercise Red Flag – Nellis since 1982.​
(c) By way of background, Singapore operates 3 fighter squadrons of F-16s, that will be progressively replaced by F-35Bs. The US has approved the sale of 4 (with 8 on option). The 1st 4 F-35Bs will be delivered in 2026 to the 425th Fighter Squadron, who will operate both types of fighters.​
 
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Given that MinDef recently shared that the Fokker 50 MPA would be replaced, there is a strong likelihood that Singapore is the receipient for this order.
Thanks for the heads up.

The ELM-2022A (Aircraft) and ELM-2022U (UAV) are a family of X-Band multimode airborne maritime surveillance radars that is a sensor suit that is well suited for RSAF fixed wing MPAs and it’s UAVs — perfect for manned-unmanned teaming. In May 2021, the ELM-2022A’s performance was even tested in Singapore.
 
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2 Singaporean Chinook helicopters were deployed from its Queensland base to assist the Australian Defence Force (ADF), the Singapore government said in a statement. The helicopters commenced operations on 7 Mar 2022 and are transporting personnel and emergency supplies, to provide relief to civilians affected by the floods in Queensland and New South Wales (NSW).

The ADF had also accepted offers of relief packages from Singapore’s armed forces that includes tents, blankets, ready-to-eat meals, water and medical supplies. The package departed from Singapore via an RSAF C-130H and an RSAF A330 MRTT.

The assistance from Singapore joined more than 7100 ADF personnel on the ground across flood-affected Queensland and NSW, including over 1650 in Queensland and more than 5500 in NSW.
 
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