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Most Powerfull Air Force In Fareasth: Singapore?  
User currently offlinetozbek From Turkey, joined Jul 2005, 121 posts, RR: 1
Posted (2 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 6785 times:
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The Singapore Airshow will begin on 14th of February. Here you are some new videos:

Republic of Singapore Air Force new aircraft's:
http://youtu.be/yMv6BXhDJ2I

Airbus A330 MRTT:http://youtu.be/AQyfDbNhbFc

New generation IAI UAV's:
http://youtu.be/rmZjtRg7yVE

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User currently offlineSP90 From United States of America, joined May 2006, 388 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (2 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 5918 times:

How far east are we talking about? I would imagine Japan, South Korea or even Taiwan would have a more powerful air force than Singapore. I mean face it, how much room does Singapore have to host an air force?

User currently offlinestealthz From Australia, joined Feb 2005, 5697 posts, RR: 44
Reply 2, posted (2 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 5800 times:
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Quoting SP90 (Reply 1):
I mean face it, how much room does Singapore have to host an air force?


A large part of Singapore's air power spends much of it's time in Australia.

Indeed early last year, when SE Queensland suffered such devastating floods, some of the first air assets available to provide assistance were RSAF helicopters.

An altruistic gesture by a close ally, most certainly, another factor was the helos had to get off the ground or become one of the flood victims.

I do work most years with a foundation that runs events in many centres around Aus on an annual basis... some places a few guests get a joy flight or the chance to look at various aircraft, a couple of locations get a full on fast jet airshow courtesy of the RSAF as a kind of thank you for the hospitality shown by local communities.



If your camera sends text messages, that could explain why your photos are rubbish!
User currently offlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12148 posts, RR: 51
Reply 3, posted (2 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 5624 times:

While the RSAF does have an impressive selection of airplanes, from the F-16 and F-15, to the KC-135 and C-130, to the G-550 CAEW (I believe the E-2C Hawkeyes are now 'retired' and about to be sold), and even the F-5, they are still a small Air Force. They 'only' have about 140-150 airplanes, abide very capable airplanes.

By comparison the JASDF has more than 800 aircraft, the ROKAF has more than 500 airplanes, The RAAF has about 300 airplanes. The Vietnam People's Air Force has a strenght of some 550 airplanes, although it is not able to project its strenght very far beyond its boaders. The PLAAF has more than 2500 aircraft, while the ROCAF has about 400 aircraft


User currently offlinemercure1 From French Polynesia, joined Jul 2008, 1486 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (2 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 5450 times:

I've always wondered in practical terms really how effective such an air-force would really be trying to protect a postage stamp incase of a true battle. In matter of minutes the islands air fields could be wiped out by an aggressor,

If anything Singapore should focus its efforts on naval forces to keep the busy trade lanes under scrutiny against ongoing pirate activity, while having a small land force with focus more on police action and guerrilla or urban warfare if ever needed and can go on things like UN missions.

While a nice market to sell to for defense companies, I recall a 1990s analysis which called their armed forces essentially an expensive toy collection of fancy equipment without much practical use.


User currently offlineFlighty From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 8544 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (2 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 5228 times:

Quoting mercure1 (Reply 4):
I recall a 1990s analysis which called their armed forces essentially an expensive toy collection of fancy equipment without much practical use.

Their strategy is probably to be active partners with much larger forces. So, if Singapore needs protection against a state, their forces would be just a part of the armada defending Singapore.

In peacetime, maybe they use this equipment to maintain public confidence in the state's ability to handle pirates, small forces from nearby islands, rogue Chinese fishermen, anything sub-military in nature.


User currently offlinechecksixx From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 1095 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (2 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 5077 times:

Quoting mercure1 (Reply 4):
I've always wondered in practical terms really how effective such an air-force would really be trying to protect a postage stamp incase of a true battle. In matter of minutes the islands air fields could be wiped out by an aggressor,

If anything Singapore should focus its efforts on naval forces to keep the busy trade lanes under scrutiny against ongoing pirate activity, while having a small land force with focus more on police action and guerrilla or urban warfare if ever needed and can go on things like UN missions.

While a nice market to sell to for defense companies, I recall a 1990s analysis which called their armed forces essentially an expensive toy collection of fancy equipment without much practical use.

Ah yes, but help would be close at hand. If you control the air, you control the war...period.


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