September 24, 2009 (by Asif Shamim) - The DSCA notified US Congress of two possible Singapore Air Force pilot training programs. Singapore wishes to continue training in the Continental United States (CONUS).
RSAF F-16C block 52 #97-0121 from the 425th FS is seen landing at Nellis AFB on January 24th, 2008. [Photo by Karl Drage
On September 9, 2009 the U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA
) notified the U.S. Congress of two F-16 pilot training programs:-
$250 million deal with Singapore
to continue the CONUS
pilot proficiency training program for the Singapore Peace Carvin II program at Luke Air Force Base.
$75 million CONUS program at Springfield Air National Guard Base, Ohio, where the Singapore Air Force will lease U.S. Air Force F-16s.
The deal includes 35,000 20mm cartridges, aircraft modification kits, maintenance, participation in joint training exercises, flight training and logistical support.
The program will enable Singapore to develop mission-ready and experienced pilots through its CONUS training program to support Singapore's current and future F-16 aircraft inventory."
Singapore's 425th Fighter Squadron, nicknamed the "Black Widows", has about a dozen F-16C/D block 52
fighters assigned at Luke AFB
. Singaporean F-16 pilots have undergone training under the Peace Carvin program at Luke since the 1990s.