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Singapore to display new fighter jet during airshow


Two RSAF fighter aircraft conducting the the Vertical Punch manoeuvre. A Singapore MoD photo

SINGAPORE CITY (BNS): Singapore will publicly showcase for the first time its recently acquired F-15SG fighter aircraft along with the F-16C jet during the biennial Singapore Air Show starting from February 14.

The fighters will be part of the Republic of Singapore Air Force's (RSAF) aerial display during the six day event which is pegged to be one of Asia's largest aerospace and defence exhibitions.

The RSAF aerobatics team will showcase the power and agility of the two fighter aircraft, with a combination of solo performances and integrated manoeuvres during its 14-minute aerial display segment which will see the pilots execute 13 manoeuvres, the Defence Ministry said.

It is during the 'Integrated Inverted Mirror Pass' manoeuvre that the two fighter aircraft will come within metres of each other. To add to the complexity, the F-16C will be flying upside-down above the twin-engined F-15SG.

Singapore had signed a contract with the US in 2005 to acquire 12 F-15SG all-weather attack aircraft of which five were delivered to the RSAF in April 2010. The F-15SG multi-role fighter aircraft is an advanced variant of the F-15 Eagle used by the US Air Force and few other countries.

This year's airshow will be the third edition of the biennial event and will be held at the Changi Exhibition Centre in Singapore.

The show will be open to trade visitors for the first four days and for the general public on the last two days. Apart from aerial displays, visitors will also be able to catch the latest and newest in aviation technology at the Singapore Air Show 2012 static display areas.

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