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Singapore plans to continue F-16 training in U.S.

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).

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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.




Additional images:

RSAF F-16D block 52 #96-5035 from the 425th FS is seen landing at Nellis AFB on January 24th, 2008. [Photo by Karl Drage]