|Written by Sabc|
In the name of the jet 'SG' stands for Singapore. This is the newest and freshest export version of the Strike Eagle, operated by the Republic of Singapore Air Force ( RSAF). She has everything that makes her one of the most potent strikers in the world. The F-15SG's significant capabilities allow the RSAF to expand into new missions with new capabilities and to operate in the sophisticated Singapore defense environment for decades to come.
And the Winner is...
Singapore conducted a very rigorous competition for the selection of their next generation replacement fighter aircraft. The new aircraft was expected to replace Singapore’s old Skyhawks and to enhance the capabilities and operational readiness of the Singapore Armed Forces.
It was clear that purchasing modern aircraft requires a huge budget and Singapore wanted to purchase the very best their money could buy. Almost all major manufacturers entered the competition. After 7 years (!) of evaluation the Strike Eagle finally defeated the Typhoon, Rafale, Sukhoi SU-35 and Super Hornet and won the contract on 12th December, 2005.
One of the reasons why the F-15SG was selected was also because of its exceptional long range (officially 3 840 km ferry range with CFT’s plus with 3 external tanks). This allows redeployment from CONUS to Singapore with minimal tanker support.
The final total of the contract is not known exactly, but it is estimated to be around 3.8 billion USD (in fiscal year 2008). Singapore ordered 12 F-15SG aircraft as a first batch of deliveries, with the option for 8 additional jets in the future.
"We have been working toward this moment for several years and are excited and honored to provide the people of Singapore with the F-15SG, which will be equipped with the most technologically advanced avionics and weapons systems available," said Joe Hoerter, Boeing F-15 Program vice president. "Boeing will begin delivering the aircraft in 2008, which will allow the Republic of Singapore Air Force to begin replacing its retired A-4SU Skyhawks. All 12 aircraft will be delivered in 2008 and 2009."
The option for 8 more F-15SG aircraft was exercised by the Singapore Ministry of Defence on 22th October 2007 and they ordered 4 more, thus making a second batch of deliveries reach the same amount as the first batch: a total of 12 jets.
"We are proud that Singapore has chosen to acquire additional F-15SGs. The Strike Eagle is a combat-tested fighter with the most technologically advanced systems, and we are confident the F-15SG will meet the defense needs of Singapore," said Chris Chadwick, vice president and general manager, Global Strike Systems, Boeing.
Integration and flight testing of the F-15SG were to be performed at Boeing facilities in St. Louis and Palmdale (CA), beginning in November, 2008.
Promises were kept and on 3rd November, 2008, the very first of the F-15SG fighters made its rollout in Boeing’s St.Louis facility.
The capabilities of the F-15SG are a blend of speed, power and agility - a combination that makes the aircraft the ultimate multirole fighter, versatile in all missions. The F-15SG is without question the best F-15 ever manufactured – Boeing put the best from everything into one single package.
F-15SG1 successfully completed its first flight from Lambert International Airport in St. Louis on 16th September, 2008. The aircraft started a one-year flight test program (taking place at Boeing facilities in St. Louis and in Palmdale, CA) to confirm aircraft performance. F-15SG production deliveries were scheduled to begin in the second quarter of 2009, with the final aircraft in this procurement to be delivered to the RSAF in 2012. Official announcements indicate that 18 of the 24 has been delivered as of March 2010.
Currently (as of Q2 2010) 10 F-15SG's are based at Mountain Home AFB, Idaho, together with some 250 RSAF personnel, including pilots, WSO's and ground crew . Together they are forming the Peace Carvin V fighter detachment, which operates as part of the USAF's 428th "Buccaneers" Fighter Squadron (366th "Gunfighters" Fighter Wing). This detachment has been established in October 2008 and been inaugurated on 19th November 2009 in order to operate up to 12 F-15SG jets in the next 25 years.
The primary job of this detachment is to train future RSAF F-15SG pilots. USAF provides instructors for these courses and these (currently) 10 jets represent a reserve which the USAF can request to utilize. Training schedule is synchronized with Boeing's production plans and the end goal is that Singapore's whole F-15SG force reaches full operational capability until 2012.
Remaining F-15SG jets are based in Singapore at Paya Lebar AB. These jets are replacing F-5S/T Tiger II's in 149 squadron, which has been inaugurated on 5th April 2010, thus being the newest fighter squadron of the RSAF. However, despite being the newest, the squadron has already won 5 best fighter squadron competitions, which is currently the 2nd highest total in the RSAF. No one can say that the new jet will be placed in wrong hands.
Claws of the Lion
Singapore did not purchase the Strike Eagles without weapons. A follow-on weapons order has been placed in 2008, which included (among others) some 200-200 AIM-9X Sidewinder and AIM-120C AMRAAM A/A missiles, 50 GBU-38 JDAM bombs, 60 AGM-154 JSOW bombs, together with training and practice versions, training, maintenance and support equipment, etc. The estimated cost is around 962 million USD.
This order is followed by another in 2009. A total of 670 JDAM guidance kits, 670 precision laser guidance kits for GBU-54's, 670 guidance kits for GBU-28's were ordered to build up Singapore's arsenal of PGM's to enhance its capabilities as a deterrent to regional threats and to strengthen its homeland defense.
In April 2012 the Government of Singapore has requested a possible sale of follow-on support and services for Singapore’s Continental United States (CONUS) detachment PEACE CARVIN V (F-15SG) based at Mountain Home AFB for a five-year period.
MDE includes: 40 GBU-10 PAVEWAY II Laser Guided Bomb Units, 40 MXU-651/B Air Foil Groups, 84 GBU-12 PAVEWAY II Laser Guided Bomb Units, 84 MXU-650/Bs Air Foil Groups, 124 MAU-169L/Bs Guidance Control Units, and 3 P5 Combat Training System Pods.
Also included: commercial vehicles, publications and technical documentation, tactics manuals and academic instruction, clothing and individual equipment, execution and support of CONUS exercise deployments, airlift and aerial refueling, support equipment, spare and repair parts, repair and return, personnel training and training equipment, U.S. Government and contractor technical and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistical and program support. The estimated cost is $435 million.
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|Last Updated on Thursday, 03 May 2012|
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