Singapore fighter jets take part in training with Indian Air Force

SINGAPORE - Six F-16 fighter aircraft from the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) are taking part in a Joint Military Training (JMT) with four Su-30 fighter aircraft from the Indian Air Force (IAF) from Nov 12 to Dec 17.

The bilateral exercise conducted at Kalaikunda Air Force Station, India, also involves more than 100 RSAF personnel.

This year's JMT saw air assets from both countries involved in mission-oriented training, as well as and air combat 'dogfight' training.

"The Joint Military Training provides an excellent opportunity for both air forces to enhance our operational competencies by learning from each other," said Lieutenant Colonel Ong Teck Koon, the RSAF Detachment Commander.

"It is a testament to the warm and long-standing relationship that the RSAF shares with the IAF."

The JMT between Singapore and India is conducted under the ambit of a bilateral Agreement signed between both air forces in 2007 and subsequently renewed in 2012. It is set to expire in 2017.

The two air forces also interact regularly through professional exchanges, visits, and cross-attendance of courses, MINDEF said in a statement today.