The Republic of Singapore Air Power (RSAF) F-15SG (F-15E Strike Eagle) and F-16 Preventing Falcon fighter jets have not too long ago accomplished a Dissimilar Air Fight Coaching (DACT) with the French Navy (Marine Nationale) Rafale M F3-R carrier-borne fighter jets. Beneath the banner of Mission Rastaban, three Rafale M fighter jets launched into French Navy provider Charles de Gaulle have executed their longest drive projection but, flying 4,000 km (2,159 nm) from the Indian Ocean to Singapore. The coaching was carried out within the southern reaches of the South China Sea, inside worldwide airspace. This bilateral coaching with the French Navy has allowed our aircrew to conduct skilled interactions and cross-share greatest practices with the Republic of Singapore Air Power counterparts.

French Navy Rafale M F3-R fighter jet

The Dassault Rafale is a French twin-engine, canard delta wing, multirole fighter plane designed and constructed by Dassault Aviation. For provider operations, the Rafale M F3-R mannequin has a strengthened airframe, longer nostril gear leg to offer a extra nose-up perspective, bigger tailhook between the engines, and a built-in boarding ladder. Consequently, the Rafale M weighs about 500 kg (1,100 lb) greater than the Rafale C. It’s the solely non-US fighter kind cleared to function from the decks of US carriers, utilizing catapults and their arresting gear, as demonstrated in 2008 when six Rafales from Flottille 12F built-in into the USS Theodore Roosevelt Service Air Wing interoperability train.


Republic of Singapore Air Force  F-15SG fighter jet
Republic of Singapore Air Power F-15SG fighter jet

The F-15SG (previously F-15T) is a variant ordered by the Republic of Singapore Air Power after an analysis involving 5 different fighters. It was chosen on 6 September 2005 over the Dassault Rafale, the one different remaining plane in rivalry. An order for 12 F-15SGs was positioned in December 2005. On 22 October 2007, Singapore exercised an choice for eight extra F-15SGs throughout the authentic contract. 4 extra had been later purchased. The primary F-15SG was rolled out on 3 November 2008; deliveries started in 2009; all 24 had been declared operational in September 2013. Additional F-15SGs had been ordered, together with 8 in 2010 and eight in 2014, for a complete of 40 F-15SGs by 2018. The Republic of Singapore Air Power geared up their F-15SG fleet with GE F110 engines.

Dassault Rafale M fighter jets embarked on French Navy carrier Charles de Gaulle
Dassault Rafale M fighter jets launched into French Navy provider Charles de Gaulle. (Picture by Ministère des Armées)

The Republic of Singapore Air Power F-15SG equal variant are primarily based on the block 52+ plane. In March 2010, it was introduced that the Egyptian Air Power would buy 20 Block 52 plane (16 F-16Cs and 4 F-16Ds), the primary of which arrived for testing in April 2012. This variant’s major variations are the addition of assist for conformal gas tanks (CFTs), a dorsal backbone compartment, the APG-68(V9) radar, an On-Board Oxygen Technology System (OBOGS), and a JHMCS helmet. The CFTs are mounted above the wing, on each side of the fuselage and are simply detachable. They supply 440 US gallons (1,665 L) or roughly 3,000 kilos (1,400 kg) of extra gas, permitting elevated vary or time on station and release hardpoints for weapons as a substitute of underwing gas tanks.