09 September 2017

Singapore F16 Fighter Jets Arrived at NZ for a Four-Week Training Exercise

09 September 2017

RSAF F-16D fighter (photos : 111 emergency)

Singapore F16 fighter jets are here for a four-week training exercise

Singapore pilots are flying high in the Manawatu sky as top-level talks continue about the Asian nation setting up a permanent air force base in New Zealand.

The Singapore Air Force is at Ohakea Air Force Base, near Bulls, for a four-week flying exercise involving six F16 fighter jets.

In February, the New Zealand Defence Force confirmed officials were in talks with the New Zealand Government to set up a pilots' training base at Ohakea.

Should Ohakea become a permanent training base for the Singapore Air Force, an F15 fighter would be based there.

He said Singapore's airspace and terrain was vastly different to that of New Zealand.

The exercise would take place over four weeks and Olney said he understood people being curious as they would not be used to hearing the sound of a fighter jet engine.

"It's to see how they integrate into the New Zealand airspace.

"It's a long time since we have had fighter jets here."


This year's Ohakea Air Tattoo was the first time in many years F16 fighter jets had touched down in New Zealand.

While here, the Singapore pilots will do exercises and flying, for which they will head out all over the country.

Olney said feedback from the community had been largely positive.

"We expected a few noise control complaints.

"It's been a while since we've had something of this noise and calibre over the Manawatu."

However, he hoped it would not be the last time.

About 200 serving Singapore personnel and their families would be based in Manawatu if the proposal for the F15 to be based here went ahead, bringing about 500 people into the region.

A NZ Defence Force spokesman said this month's exercise was a useful opportunity to consider how the permanent-base proposal might work.

(Stuff)

11 komentar:

  1. Doktrin tempurnya ga tanggung-tanggung :D

    BalasHapus
  2. Komentar ini telah dihapus oleh pengarang.

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  3. How much Singapore paid for rent a land for their birds to fly in NZ?

    BalasHapus
    Balasan
    1. Protecting NZ airspace with those F-16 seems like fair payment for me

      Hapus
    2. NZ is living in a fine place they got the aussies as their good buddy. Nth to protect really. IMO all they need are good GBADs and thats enough

      Hapus
    3. So meaning Singapore is a good friend of NZ.

      Hapus
    4. You can put it that way. Since they are part of the FPDA

      Hapus
  4. What are the equipments in:
    1. Near the air intake, right and left?
    2. the tip of the main wings?

    BalasHapus
  5. Singapore have no experience in real war

    BalasHapus