28 Feb '17, 4pm

Singapore eying F-15 training deployments to New Zealand

MELBOURNE, Australia – Singapore is considering basing Boeing F-15SG Eagles in New Zealand for training, according to the latter country's defense minister. Gerry Brownlee said that Singapore was currently carrying out a feasibility study into the possibility of basing a detachment of F-15SGs at Royal New Zealand Air Force Base Ohakea, which could see up to 500 Singaporean personnel and their families stationed at Ohakea. The small island state of Singapore has one of Southeast Asia’s most advanced militaries but lacks the land and airspace to effectively conduct training, and Brownlee noted to local media that "New Zealand doesn't have the same congestion, so the opportunity to fly more freely clearly exists at Ohakea." The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) has several aircraft training detachments based in the United States, Australia and France while elements of it...

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