Singapore the next air force to touch down

The McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle is an American-made twin-engine, all-weather tactical fighter aircraft. Picture: Defence Media.
The McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle is an American-made twin-engine, all-weather tactical fighter aircraft. Picture: Defence Media.

Six F-15SG aircraft from the Republic of Singapore Air Force will deploy to RAAF Base Darwin to conduct a unilateral exercise in the Tindal airspace from tomorrow until December 5.

The F-15SG aircraft will be conducting air to air and air to ground training inside the Tindal airspace and Bradshaw Field Training Area. 

Wing Commander Parsons said that the hosting of the RSAF at RAAF Base Darwin reaffirmed the close and longstanding ties between the RSAF and RAAF.

"The RSAF Detachment predominantly includes night flying activities and the F15SG aircraft are expected to make some noise as they take off and land from RAAF Base Darwin," he said.

"We are very conscious of the impact aircraft noise has on the Darwin and Tindal communities, and we are doing everything we can to mitigate this," Wing Commander Parsons said.

Management of potential noise and environment impacts as a result of military aviation activities are vital considerations and are given close attention in the planning and conduct of military aviation.

Singapore also operates Lockheed Martin F-16C/D Block 52 fighters and is a partner in the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Program.

More than $500 million is being spent at Tindal preparing for Australia’s own fleet of F-35s in the years to come.

Information on aircraft noise and current flying activities is available at www.defence.gov.au/aircraftnoise or by calling 1300 DEFENCE (1300 333 362) and asking to be connected to Royal Australian Air Force Base Darwin.

Just last month, Tindal hosted six F-16 aircraft from the Indonesian Air Force  as part of Exercise Elang AUSINDO 17.

The Indonesian Air Force (Tentara Nasional Indonesia-Angkatan Udara, or TNI-AU) joined RAAF personnel from the Number 75 Squadron at RAAF Base Tindal to participate in the bilateral air training activity.