The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) will deploy a fighter detachment with F-15SGs, A330-MRTTs and G550 Airborne Early Warning (AEW) aircraft for air combat exercises in Northern Australia in October. The two month long exercises mark the resumption of overseas exercises for the air arm, which have been on pause since May due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“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,” Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds said in a statement. 

The approximately 200 personnel strong RSAF detachment will train at Delamere Air Weapons Range and Bradshaw Field Training Area from 7 October to 11 December. The air combat exercises will also include live weapons deployment.

The RSAF detachment will comprise of F-15SGs from No. 149 Squadron flying F-15SG aircraft, A330-MRTTs from No. 112 Squadron and a G550 AEW aircraft from No. 111 Squadron.

Prior to the commencement of exercise, the RSAF detachment will undertake a Covid-19 test 48 hours prior to their arrival in Australia, followed by seven days self-isolation period, followed by a further 14 day quarantine period. All RSAF personnel will be re-tested at the conclusion of the quarantine period.