Wide array of threats detected in Singapore airspace every day: RSAF

By | November 28, 2016

SINGAPORE: The Republic of Singapore Air Pressure (RSAF) detects a vast array of threats on a day by day basis and some of the suspicious targets include unidentified aircraft which bear no information on the place they are headed.

“Some of these incidents we examine are joined to possible terror assault groups so we take them pretty severely. And when desired, we will activate our air defence responses to offer with them, primarily as a precautionary evaluate,” Commander of the Air Defence Process Pressure, Brigadier Common (BG) Tan Chee Wee, mentioned to the media on Monday (Nov 28), just after the wrap of the biannual Physical exercise Vigilant Shield.

The RSAF has been on a heightened air defence warn to thwart terror assaults due to the fact the September 11 assaults in 2001.

In 2010, a spherical-the-clock process pressure was established up to respond speedily to terror threats. Air Defence Process Pressure (ADTF), collectively with the Exclusive Operations Process Pressure, Island Defence Process Pressure and Maritime Protection Process Pressure, make up the Higher Readiness Main that safeguard homeland safety, Singapore’s skies and waterways.

Not all incidents, nonetheless, will lead to the scrambling of the RSAF fighter jets. “Our air defence group is generally searching for possible deviations of visitors in our vicinity,” mentioned BG Tan. As an air hub, Singapore sees about one,000 arrivals and departures on a day by day basis, mentioned BG Tan.

(Photograph: Xabryna Kek)


In the wee hours of Monday early morning, two RSAF F-15SG fighter jets were being scrambled to intercept a “suspicious airliner” at about two.10am in a simulated hijacking situation as aspect of the RSAF’s Physical exercise Vigilant Shield.

RSAF’s KC-a hundred thirty five, participating in the aspect of the suspicious civilian airliner, was flying approximately 11,000ft earlier mentioned the South China Sea when it commenced to deviate from its supposed flight path. In a make any difference of minutes, RSAF fighter jets were being activated to escort the suspicious civilian airplane, which was placed on crimson warn.

“You’ve been intercepted by the Republic of Singapore Air Pressure Fighters,” a RSAF fighter pilot mentioned by way of the radio channel. “You’re to comply with all recommendations. Admit.”

The air defence training is meant to reveal the ADTF abilities in responding to possible air threats spherical-the-clock with a robust networked air defence procedure.

The KC-a hundred thirty five aircraft was chased by way of the Singapore skies by RSAF fighter jets for much more than an hour, right before remaining pressured to land at Changi Air Foundation at three.30am.

When fighter jets scramble to intercept a suspicious airliner, there is standard method to observe, as defined by the Worldwide Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO). These processes include radio interaction or visual indicators in evening and day situations.

For instance, in a 10 o’clock and two o’clock placement, fighter jets rock their wings to build communications with the suspicious airplane, signalling interception. The jet in dilemma will then repeat the action, indicating that its pilots have understood the scenario and will comply.

Said Main of Air Pressure, Major-Common (MG) Mervyn Tan: “The thriving carry out of this training shows that we have a robust networked air defence procedure and our tight inter-agency linkage with our partners. The RSAF will proceed to reinforce our skill to protect and safeguard the sovereignty of Singapore’s airspace.”

The past time RSAF fighter pilots were being activated to intercept a civilian aircraft was in 2008, when a little Australian-registered plane intruded into Singapore air house. Two Australians were being on board the Cessna 208 which did not have an authorised flight path.

This year’s training involved about 400 contributors from the RSAF, the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore and the Singapore Police Pressure. The RSAF also deployed property this sort of as the F-15SG fighter aircraft, AH-64D Apache helicopter, I-HAWK, SPYDER and RBS-70 Ground-Centered Air Defence systems. 

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