SIN_SQ From Singapore, joined Oct 2000, 80 posts, RR: 0 Reply 1, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 763 times:
F/A-18 are usually from foreign air forces (mostly from United States) stopping over at Paya Lebar for friendly refuelling or official visits.
Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) do not have F/A -18 in its fleet. RSAF fleet consists of F 16 A/B and F 16 C/D, E2C Hawkeyes, A4SU Super Skyhawks and F5E, C130 and KC 135 as well as helicopters such as Super pumas and Chinook.
Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) has Fokker 50 for its martime patrol.
BTW RSAF is considering several fighter planes from France (Mirage) and United States (F 18 / F 15) to replace aging fighter planes (skyhawk and F5E).
Andrew From Singapore, joined Dec 1999, 369 posts, RR: 1 Reply 2, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 742 times:
Hi Herman, long time no see. From what I understand, those aircraft could belong to the USAF or the RAAF who operate the F/A 18 Hornets. The FPDA exercises are now on in the South China Sea, and those are the aircraft you would have seen.
FPDA = Five Powers Defence Arrangement
Countries: Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand (who incidentally have just retired their LAST fighter wing) and the US.