Singapore, Thailand, US conduct trilateral air exercise

Singapore Ministry of Defence reported that the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF), Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF), and United States Air Force (USAF) are currently participating in the flying training phase of the annual Exercise Cope Tiger which started March 12 and will end on the 22nd Thailand.

The command post exercise was held in Singapore from December 6 and 7 last year.

Singapore Ministry of Defence said in this year’s edition, 39 ground-based air defence (GBAD) systems, and about 1,300 personnel from the participating nations.

It added that the RSAF is participating in the exercise with 14 aircraft composed of 6 F-15SG and 6 F-16C/D fighter aircraft, 1 Gulfstream 550 Airborne Early Warning aircraft, and 1 KC-135R tanker aircraft; 4 GBAD systems; and approximately 380 personnel.

Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF), Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) and United States Air Force (USAF) aircraft participating in a flying training exercise. MINDEF Singapore photo

“Exercise Cope Tiger provides us with a valuable opportunity to train regularly alongside our friends from Thailand and the United States. It allows our airmen and women to hone their air combat skills, and to drill the planning and execution of large-scale air combat operations in air defence and strike missions,” said RSAF Exercise Director for Exercise Cope Tiger 2018 Colonel Ho Kum Luen.

“More importantly, the exercise enhances the interoperability among the three participating nations. The conduct of this exercise bears testament to the professionalism of all exercise participants, and the strong defence relationship shared by the RSAF, the RTAF and the USAF,” Luen said.