SINGAPORE - Singapore's air defence shield has been strengthened with the Republic's most modern fighter jets becoming combat-ready.
The Republic of Singapore Air Force's (RSAF) 24 F-15SG fighter jets went operational on Wednesday, after the first aircraft were delivered and staff started training in 2009.
Men and machines were put through a series of tests and training exercises, among other things, to certify that the F-15s' weapons systems and flight performance fully meet the RSAF's requirements.
Attaining "full operational capability" means they can be deployed in any combat mission.
F-15s are considered to be among the top fighter planes in the world, having racked up a combat record of 104 victories and zero losses in 30 years of air battles worldwide.
They are part of the RSAF's arsenal to pre-empt air threats and gun down hostile targets.
Other weapons include the G550 early warning surveillance jets and the Spyder air defence system, all of which are already combat-ready.
The Aster-30 surface-to-air missile system will soon be added to the RSAF range of sensors and shooters.
The F-15SGs' battle-ready status comes at a time when the RSAF is in the final stages of deciding if it will buy the next-generation F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.