143rd squadron (RSAF)

"Phoenix" 

143 sqn "Phoenix" (RSAF)
Status:
Active
Version: F-16C/D block 52
Role:Multirole
Tailband: Yellow
Motto: We dare
Badge: A phoenix on a white background.

Sideways profile for 143 sqn in 2007.

F-16 History

143 squadron was the first RSAF squadron that flew the more advanced F-16C/D block 52 version. The decision to order more F-16s was already taken in 1993, with a contract signed in 1994. However the first aircraft were delivered only in April of 1998. The entire order for 18 F-16C/Ds in the ‘Peace Carvin II’ order was completed by December of the same year.

These F-16s started replacing the upgraded A-4SU which was coming to the end of its flying hours. Together with the purchase of these aircraft, a complete weapons package was also ordered. This contained the LANTIRN system, a batch of approximately 100 AIM-120 AMRAAM missiles and the possibility to carry the AGM-84 Harpoon anti-ship missile. Singapore became one of the first countries to incorporate this missile onto the F-16.


RSAF F-16C block 52, #610, performing a 1 minute demo scramble. Note AIM-9 acquisition round on starboard station. She has no LAU-128 missile launchers installed yet! Photo taken at RSAF Open House 2003. [Photo by Andrew Eddy]

Besides an air defence missions, this squadron was also tasked with air-to-ground missions as coastal defence. Because of this special tasking, the number of dual seat D-models was larger then in a ‘normal’ setting, having 6 examples out of a total of 18 aircraft to its disposal.

In recent years, these early block 52 aircraft were upgraded with more advanced avionics and additional capabilities like the integration of a Helmet Mounting Cueing System and the introduction of Israeli Python 4 missiles in the inventory. With these additions, the capabilities of the RSAF were expanded drastically.


RSAF F-16D block 52 #640 is taxiing by the camera at Dijon AB during exercise 'Western Arc' on September 30th, 2004. [Airliners.net photo by Michael van der Mee]

Aircraft Markings History

1998 - present

The tail is adorned with a yellow & black checkered tailband. The squadron's logo is centered with the serial number on the base of the tail.


Unit History

  • 1975: Activation of the squadron in Changi
  • 1975: (T)A-4S 'Skyhawk'
  • 1975: (T)A-4S 'Skyhawk' (Tengah)
  • 1991: (T)A-4SU 'Skyhawk'
  • 1998: F-16C/D 'Fighting Falcon'

F-16 Airframe Inventory

Photos

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