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With the mouth of a lion on the fuselage. Singapore Air Force Review

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The unique state, smaller than St. Petersburg, even imports fresh water and sand - the current program for expanding the area of ​​Singapore implies a constant naying of artificial islands in the sea: as a result, over the past decades the area of ​​the country has increased by 50%.

Five million Singaporeans live on 60 islets in peace and harmony. Despite the extreme lack of space, there is enough space for everyone, but they never heard of traffic jams here. The problem of traffic jams here was solved in a very obvious way: bought a car? well done! now buy numbers for 80 thousand dollars. In principle, 80 thousand is not a big amount for Singapore - here, for this money, you can spit on the pavement as much as 160 (the $ 500 penalty). Tough measures yielded results: Singapore is one of the cleanest and safest cities in the world.

In this tiny country, any familiar things suffer gigantism. Here are the largest seaport in the world, one of the largest airports in the world, as well as such an interesting phenomenon as the air force completely disproportionate to such a small state.

It will sound shocking, but on a territory that is 3 times smaller than Moscow, 10 aviation bases, for the most part, from the days of British rule. In fact, there are "only" nine airbases - "Changi East" and "Changi West" are a single complex with a common infrastructure.

The paranormal number of aircraft is even more surprising - as of today, the Air Force of the Republic of Singapore includes 420 aircraft! And this is not a “Potemkin village” - the Air Force is well balanced in composition, and the main part of combat vehicles is less than 15 years old. For example, all F-16 fighters obtained in the 1980-ies, were decommissioned in the last decade.

Singapore Aircraft is necessarily equipped with suspended aim-and-navigation containers, conformal fuel tanks (PTB in the form of streamlined "stickers" on the aircraft fuselage), sets of high-precision weapons - all the necessary components of modern combat aviation, significantly expanding its capabilities. Much attention is paid to promising means - in service with the air force are more than a hundred reconnaissance drones.

In addition to combat aircraft, the Air Force of the Republic of Singapore has a wide range of aircraft for solving special, reconnaissance and transportation tasks, as well as a whole fleet training machines.

All these factors transform the military aviation of a tiny country into one of the most powerful and modern air forces in the world. Let me give you such a spectacular example - the combat capabilities of the Air Force of the Republic of Singapore exceed the capabilities of the Royal British Air Force many times over! In principle, no country in Europe has an air force comparable in quantity and quality to the air force of a tiny Asian state.

Lion's grin

The combat core of the Air Force of the Republic of Singapore are the F-24SG 15 fighter-bomber and the F-74 Fighting Falcon multipurpose fighter-16 fighter.
With the mouth of a lion on the fuselage. Singapore Air Force Review

The symbol of Singapore is Merlion, a mythical creature with a lion's head and a fish tail. It was he who was chosen as the identification mark of the Air Force.

The F-15SG is an export modification of the F-15E Strike Eagle fighter-bomber, which differs from the original by the presence of a more powerful General Electric engine (the American Strike Eagle has Pratt & Wheatley engines), an advanced radar with an active phased array. the APG-63 array and an active jamming station developed in Israel. Singapore received its first F-15SG fighter-bombers in 2009. In total, the Singapore military intends to buy up to 80 such aircraft in the near future, however, the contract may be revised in favor of the F-35 Lightning II.

F-16D Block52 in a "body kit"

Multi-purpose fighters F-16 С / D were obtained in the period from 1998 to 2004 year, all the machines were delivered in the highest at that time configuration Block52 / 52 +. Together with modern aviation technology, Singapore ordered a batch of high-precision ammunition, including JDAM GPS kits, which turn any free-fall bomb into a guided weapon, and even such formidable “toys” as the AGM-154 JSOW stealth bomb.
It is noteworthy that the Singapore Air Force, guided by some personal considerations, ordered the majority of the F-16 in the two-seater “D” version. Practice has shown that such machines are most effective when striking ground targets. I don’t presume to judge that Singapore pilots gathered to bomb, but the fact remains that a huge number of fighter-bombers and stocks of the most modern means of destruction of the air-to-surface class create an oppressive impression.

32 of the outdated F-5S Tiger II fighter can be used to carry out combat missions (obtained in the period 1979 through 1989). All of them underwent a deep modernization at the end of the 90, which included the installation of new Italian-made Gryphon radars, glass cab equipment with multi-functional displays and a modern indicator on the windshield, as well as the HOTAS system that was copied from F-16 And-Stick), in which all the control buttons of important systems are placed on the control stick of the aircraft and the control handle of the engine. To improve maneuverability, the aircraft gun was dismantled, and in return, the fighter was able to use modern AIM-120 guided missiles to destroy air targets. Another 9 fighter of this type were converted into combat training vehicles.

Air tanker KC-135

In contrast to the Air Force of most countries that have purchased a large number of combat aircraft, but have not found the means for such important "excesses" as tanker or long-range radar detection aircraft, the Singapore Air Force is a balanced system in which the work of combat aviation provides a variety of specialized aircraft.
The Air Force is armed with 9 tanker aircraft: five Hercules KC-130 vehicles equipped for this task and four Stratotanker KS-135 powerful fours.

The first DRLO aircraft Gulfstream G550 AEW adopted

In 2012, there were changes in the squadron of DRLO airplanes - instead of the outdated E-2C “Hawkay”, bought back in 1987, four new G550 AEW airspace control airplanes with Israeli radar “Falcon” were put into service Gulfstream business class G550 jet.
Also, the Singapore Air Force has a tactical reconnaissance squadron RF-5S Tigereye, an ap squadron of naval patrol aircraft (converted Fokker F50 airliners with anti-submarine means and Garpun anti-ship missiles), a squadron of naval fleets, an aerial plan crew, an aerial squadron, and a small squadron of tactical reconnaissance aircraft. administrative aircraft.

Training airplane Aermacci M-346

In addition to the nine above-mentioned F-5S, there are four TA-4 Skyhawks and 19 Swiss light Pilotus airplanes in order to practice basic piloting skills. In November, the 2012 of the year is expected to deliver from Italy the first of the 12 ordered M-346 jet training aircraft.
And also in service with the high-tech island are 107 UAVs, among which are two large Heron 1,5-ton UAVs.

The rotor wing also keeps pace with the rest:

- XHUMX attack helicopters AH-20D "Apache Longbow",
- 12 heavy transport helicopters CH-47 "Chinook"
- 36 transport helicopters "Super Puma" and "Cougar", built by Eurocopter,
- 6 marine search and rescue / antisubmarine helicopter S-70 "Sihok".

Not bad for a country the size of Novosibirsk?

"Apache" needs no introduction

As you probably already guessed, it’s physically impossible to place all this armada on the territory of Singapore - the equipment will simply not fit in air bases, and residents of the free city will not be able to fall asleep due to the constant roar of jet engines.
Again, a simple and obvious solution was found: a significant part of aircraft engineering is based abroad. For example, the F-15SG super-fighters are located at Mountain Home base in Idaho, and pilot training centers are located in Australia and even on the territory of France! Do not be surprised - Singaporean tankers generally train on the landfills in Germany.

Having gained independence in 1965, Singapore, from the very first day of its existence, was afraid of Malaysia and Indonesia, whose leadership seriously discussed the possibility of forcibly joining a free island. The city-state developed much faster than all the nearby countries of Southeast Asia, while the indigenous Malays made up only 20% of the population - Singapore, adhering to the principles of cosmopolitanism, was inhabited by people from all over the world: Chinese, Hindus, Europeans and even natives from the Arab East. They were not at all pleased by the prospect of “intermarrying” with the Malaysians. On the demands for unification, the island proudly sent the offenders far away, and in the event of a threat of real reprisals from its neighbors, it threatened to call for help its “Big Friend”, who would quickly “democratize” the aggressor. But despite all the promises of military assistance from the United States, Singapore relied more on its own strength, constantly increasing its army, navy and air force.

It's funny that despite all the military preparations, Singapore critically depended on Malaysia, which supplied fresh water to it (the use of desalination plants is too wasteful, besides, they are not able to ensure the full functioning of life on the island). In any case, the presence of such a solid air force inspires respect for a small unusual country. Although I am more impressed with snow-white passenger airliners with an inscription on the fuselage of “Singapore Airlines”.
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  1. UPStoyan
    UPStoyan 26 November 2012 09: 54
    +2
    It looks impressive. But what can help in the event of an attack by an enemy squadron from Idaho?
    1. Civil
      Civil 26 November 2012 10: 05
      +8
      UPStoyan,

      it is understood that the squadron from Idaho will fly with Big Brother to inflict multiple blows of democracy on Malaysia or Indonesia
  2. Mujahiddin777
    Mujahiddin777 26 November 2012 11: 27
    +3
    Board number 666, may mean that democratic planes are on the right track ...
  3. Tirpitz
    Tirpitz 26 November 2012 11: 55
    +7
    It is clearly seen that if the country has a goal, then there will be funds for its implementation times spit on the sidewalk (fine $ 500). and here we wonder why we are still in shit ... we don’t live and there are no prospects.
    1. Kars
      Kars 26 November 2012 12: 59
      +5
      Quote: Tirpitz
      It is clearly seen that if the country has a goal,

      it is clearly seen that the country has a very vehement adversary.

      Only one thing is interesting: how can they get around without an aircraft carrier? Or about the Navy's singapore tour in the next series?
      1. saturn.mmm
        saturn.mmm 26 November 2012 23: 01
        +4
        Quote: Kars
        Only one thing is interesting: how can they get around without an aircraft carrier?

        Probably fear that the aircraft carrier will look more than the country itself smile .
    2. Santa Fe
      26 November 2012 13: 01
      +17
      During a visit to Skolkovo, the founder of Singapore, former President Lee Kuan Yew, the question was asked:
      - How did you manage to overcome corruption?
      To which the wise Lee Kuan Yew replied:
      - Start by planting your three best friends. You and they know why.
      1. aksakal
        aksakal 27 November 2012 00: 12
        +1
        Quote: SWEET_SIXTEEN
        During a visit to Skolkovo, the founder of Singapore, former President Lee Kuan Yew, the question was asked: “How did you manage to overcome corruption?” To which the wise Lee Kuan Yew answered: “Start by planting your three best friends.” You and they know why.
        - sir, how can you? Serdyuk and behind bars? Smetanova will sit out for him, scared to death by the girl-performer, whom they promised, like, execute, a reliable roof, do not be afraid. With the worst breakdown, the year is conditional. Interestingly, the word will keep? Will they give a sour cream year or will it go in full steam locomotive? I think that it will not be so good with corruption - Putin has no habit of letting his friends go. Probably patsanyachy habits from St. Petersburg yards affected. But it’s a pity - it wouldn’t hurt Putin to put, to hell with not three, but a couple of his friends. What is the signal to corrupt people? _If he did not spare his friends, he will bury us in the ground! Run away from the civil service! So Russia will remain without civil servants laughing
        1. Su24
          Su24 28 November 2012 00: 44
          0
          In general, the right leader should eliminate his former associates in power. And it turns out that Putin saves his personal connections more than the country's prosperity.
      2. Ilyukha
        Ilyukha 27 November 2012 12: 10
        +1
        We think a lot about how to improve things in our country.
        The proposal is simple-Lee Kuan Yu to make the president of Russia. Besides jokes.
        Dude on the left in the photo, theatrically chatting with his hands (and the language can finally be sent) on the recommendation of Lee Kuan Yu
    3. 11Goor11
      11Goor11 27 November 2012 15: 06
      +1
      Tirpitz
      It is clearly seen that if the country has a goal, then there will be funds for its implementation

      Are you so naive?
      Singapore is one of the "safety grounds" prepared by the Western elites in case the "big world" becomes truly creepy. Hence the funds. Think for yourself: an island without resources and production. But it has representative offices of the largest banks. And yes, super-powerful and super-expensive aircraft
      So they took it and "found the money on their own", probably in the forest under a bush.
      1. Santa Fe
        27 November 2012 16: 39
        +1
        Quote: 11Goor11
        So they took it and "found the money on their own", probably in the forest under a bush.

        And they threw all the Communists into prison
        1. 11Goor11
          11Goor11 28 November 2012 21: 42
          0
          Well, yes, the "red threat"! And on the island there should be peace and grace.
  4. vagrant
    vagrant 26 November 2012 11: 57
    +2
    That's when we will be so kind to the relatives of the Air Force (read defense) in fact, and not in words and populism, you can sleep peacefully. hi
  5. Pimply
    Pimply 26 November 2012 12: 21
    +4
    Oleg, tell me, what is this nonsense regarding the British Air Force? They have, as it were, a fleet of fighters alone - and quite new ones - twice as big
    1. Santa Fe
      26 November 2012 12: 56
      +1
      Quote: Pimply
      They have, as it were, a fleet of fighters alone - and quite new ones - twice as big


      As far as I know, the British Air Force has about 100 Eurofighter Typhoons, of which 20 are training vehicles.
      There are about a hundred Tornado GR4 fighter-bombers delivered back in the 80s. All Tornadoes are scheduled to be decommissioned in the coming years.

      All this does not compare with the 24 F-15SG (in the future, 80 vehicles) and the 70 modern F-16 Singapore Air Force
      1. Su24
        Su24 28 November 2012 00: 47
        0
        Small Britain Air Force ordered 244 Eurofighter + 2 aircraft carriers with F-35.
        1. Santa Fe
          28 November 2012 01: 58
          0
          Quote: Su24
          Small Britain Air Force ordered 244 Eurofighter

          It is not true.

          Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defense how much he expects to be saved in (a) Resource departmental expenditure limit, (b) Capital DEL, (c) annually-managed expenditure and (d) in total by (i) withdrawing Sentinel R.1 from service between 2015 and 2020, (ii) not taking Shadow R.1 into permanent RAF service between 2015 and 2020, (iii) not taking Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle into permanent RAF service between 2012 and 2020, (iv ) delaying the entry into service of the F-35 until 2020, (v) changing the joint combat aircraft variant from F-35B to F-35C and (vi) capping the number of Typhoon aircraft in service at 107 between 2015 and 2020.

          The RAF intends to have no more than 107 Eurofighters. Now their number is 86, of which 20 are training vehicles.

          Quote is a transcript of discussions by the British Parliament of the budget for the 2012 year.
          http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201011/cmhansrd/cm111018/text/111018w
          0003.htm
  6. black_eagle
    black_eagle 26 November 2012 12: 45
    +2
    I have heard of course before, but the facts and figures are impressive ... what are we missing? probably we are too self-confident in our mind and abilities, we can’t nicerta and this is a fact ... really sad ((((
  7. gregor6549
    gregor6549 26 November 2012 15: 26
    +4
    It is impressive that for all of this sickly Singapore air fleet, in general a tiny country, it manages to find money, while maintaining at a very decent level all other aspects of the life of Singapore and its citizens. But apart from the Air Force, Singapore and the rest of the armed forces and the military-industrial complex are doing very well. And with all this they do not steal.
  8. Santa Fe
    26 November 2012 20: 03
    +2
    I was always annoyed by conversations about "mineral wealth": Russia is the first in the world in gas production, ninth in the world in terms of oil reserves, tungsten, zinc ...

    Practice shows that the availability of oil and other natural resources has not brought happiness to any country (except the UAE). The reason is clear - in the modern world, a processed product is valued much higher than raw materials.
    Secondly, the mining industry does not require much effort, which turns the entire population of the country into movers, security guards and prostitutes, serving 20% of those employed in the oil industry
    1. saturn.mmm
      saturn.mmm 26 November 2012 22: 52
      +1
      For this koment odnaznachno +.
      In my opinion, it is time to end the export of oil and gas.
      It's time to sow fields, restore plants and start proud of your country.
    2. Forget
      Forget 27 November 2012 14: 10
      0
      SWEET_SIXTEEN,
      oil and gas are good, export less there and burn and process more here.
      1. Santa Fe
        27 November 2012 16: 36
        0
        Quote: Forget
        oil and gas are good, export less there and burn and process more here.

        This is the problem - when there is oil, no one will produce anything

        It is more profitable for any businessman to sell an extra barrel of oil rather than make any of it. But when there is no raw material, you have to think with your head and work with your hands.
  9. Num lock U.A.
    Num lock U.A. 26 November 2012 20: 28
    0
    cool, che (still say)
  10. Petrovich72
    Petrovich72 26 November 2012 20: 37
    0
    I would, in place of the Singaporeans (read the Chinese, there are 90% of them), join Great China, with half the cost of defense spending, and it’s good for them and the mainland Chinese. And on China, Indonesia and Malaysia will dare to rock the boat. They will live like God’s bosom, then fuck up all this equipment over the hill. Puerto Rico as an example
  11. mnn_12
    mnn_12 26 November 2012 20: 56
    0
    All the same, est one problem - almost 100% military-technical dependence on one side. I doubt that this is the best decision if you want to keep the opportunity for some kind of political and military independence in the future. Alternative - diversification of suppliers ...
    1. Santa Fe
      26 November 2012 21: 06
      +1
      Quote: mnn_12
      An alternative is the diversification of suppliers.

      And then this is not:

      fighters - USA
      AWACS and UAVs - Israel
      training aircraft - Italy
      tanks - Germany
      BMP and BTR - own
      frigates - France