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     FrontPage Edition: Sun 28 May 2006

RSAF's 145 Squadron equipped with F16s is fully operational


RSAF's 145 SQN is Fully Operational
The Republic of Singapore Air Force's (RSAF) 145 Squadron, which operates the F-16D Block 52+ fighter aircraft, was declared fully operational by Minister for Defence Teo Chee Hean at a ceremony held today (24 May 2006) at Changi Air Base (East).
The F-16D Block 52+ fighter jet, which is operated by a paired crew of pilot and Weapon Systems Officer (Fighter), is the most advanced multi-role fighter aircraft in the world. 145 Squadron is capable of conducting both air combat and ground attack missions with precision, in all weather, day or night conditions.
The Squadron¡¯s attainment of full operational capability will enhance the RSAF's ability to meet the operational requirements of the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) and contribute to the defence of Singapore.
Employing innovative concepts in integrated operations coupled with advanced technologies operated by world-class people, this event is a significant milestone in the RSAF's transformation to the 3rd Generation (3G) Air Force.
Factsheet - 145 Squadron Full Operational Capability

The Squadron motif depicts a valiant hornet in an attack posture to deter potential aggressors. The yellow and black stripes represent speed and agility. Its blazed-green eyes and forward arching sting epitomises its readiness to strike in swift response to defend its nest, at day or night.
Established on 1st Apr 1984 at Tengah Air Base, the Squadron first started flying the A4 Skyhawks.
In 1992, 145 Squadron was the first squadron to fly the indigenously developed A4-SUs. It has since undertaken a wide spectrum of roles that focuses on RSAF operational requirements and converting new pilots from Flying Training School to operational fighter pilots.
The professionalism and operational readiness of the crew in 145 Squadron were exemplified through the achievement of numerous awards which includes the coveted Best Fighter Squadron in 1998 and 2000, and RSAF Hot Shot Competitions.
After nearly 2 decades, the Squadron ended its A4-SU operations on 30 Apr 03 to prepare for relocation and operation of the new F16D Block 52+ in Changi Air Base.
On 3 Jul 2004, 145 Squadron began operating from Changi Air Base (East) with the induction of the F16D Block 52+, the latest in RSAF¡¯s inventory.
The F16D Block 52+ is a multi-role combat platform equipped with state-of-the-art capabilities. Its enhanced radar with increased detection range and improved ground mapping capabilities, advanced targeting pod that enables the Squadron to conduct a wide spectrum of precision day and night operations.
145 Squadron is an unique fighter squadron in the RSAF as all the aircraft are tandem-seats and every mission is flown with a weapon systems officer [WSO(FTR)] in the rear cockpit. The additional crew on board each fighter platform enables the Squadron to take on even more complex and demanding missions, transforming the way our fighter jets can be used to defend our nation.
Factsheet - The F-16D Block 52+ Fighting Falcon
The F-16D Block 52+ Fighting Falcon is one of the most sophisticated and advanced multi-role fighter aircraft in the world. Capable of performing all missions with distinction, day or night, all weather, makes the F-16 the world¡¯s most capable multi-role fighter. It is equipped with the following technologies:
Pilot-friendly modern cockpit with colour displays, compatibility with night vision systems, excellent outside visibility and high-g tolerance ¨C all facilitate pilot situation awareness and mission effectiveness
Missionised two-place model with weapon system operator controls in the rear cockpit, plus a dorsal avionics compartment to house a full suite of mission equipment
Advanced modular core avionics provide the processing speed and power to integrate complex systems, with ample room for future upgrades
Advanced multi-mode radar provides long-range detection and tracking of multiple aerial targets and high-resolution ground mapping and surface target detection and tracking. Supports standoff, all-weather operations with precision weapons
Compatibility with all forward-looking infrared navigation and targeting pods to provide robust, day/night operations, including laser-guided weapons
Advanced internal countermeasures suite including threat warning, electronic jamming and auto chaff/flare dispensing
Optional 600-gal wing tanks and conformal fuel tanks to extend range/payload/persistence capabilities

Engine: F100-PW-229 engine from Pratt & Whitney

Wingspan: 10.01 m

Length: 15.06 m

Height: 4.88 m

Maximum Speed: Over Mach 2

Combat Ceiling: About 15,000 m

M61 20mm cannon
Approx. 7,000kg of bomb
AIM-7 air-to-air missiles
AIM-9 air-to-air missiles
Maverick air-to-ground missiles
Laser guided bomb

Source: News Release 24 May 2006

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