Republic of Singapore Air Force

Operator Profile


Narrative Summary

Air Force History

Key Dates

Air Force Timeline

Current Status

To be added.

Future Plans

Singapore is a Security Cooperative Participant in the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II programme, with principal interest the F-35B variant. No F-35 orders have yet been announced by the RSAF.


National Insignia


Aircraft Serial Numbers

Up until about 2005 all RSAF were allocated a three-digit serial number, but the PC-21s, EC120s and F-15SGs have recieved four-digit serials and the CH-47s five-digit serials.


Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used.

Current Aircraft Inventory

Table of Current Service Aircraft

All-Time Aircraft Used List

All-Time Table of Aircraft Used

Instructional Airframes

Retired aircraft used for technical training

Aircraft NOT Used

False reports of aircraft on order or in service


Main Headquarters

HQ RSAF, 303 Gombak Drive, Mindef Building #03-01, Singapore.

Organisational Structure

Until 2007 the RSAF command structure comprised six functional departments: Air Manpower, Air Intelligence, Air Operations, Air Logistics, Air Plans and Air Training. From 2007 a new structure has been progressively introduced. The new structure is based on five major commands, each with a number of divisions:

Air Combat Command (ACC)

    Fighter Group (FG)
    Transport Group (TG)

Air Defence and Operations Command (ADOC)

    Air Defence Group (ADG)
    Air Operations Control G>roup (AOCG)
    Air Surveillance Control Group (ASCG)

Air Power Generation Command (APGC)
4 Air Bases with ground-based squadrons

Participation Command (PC)

    Divisional Air Defence Group (DAG)
    Heli Group (HG)
    Tactical Air Support Group (TASG)

Air Force Training Command

    Flying Training Institute (FTI)
    Air Warfare Training Institute (AWTI)
    Training Development Group (TDG)

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Command (UC)
– 3 squadrons plus UAV Training School (UTS)

The transition was completed in August 2008.

Basically, ACC oversees the combat squadrons, ADOC oversees radar surveillance, APGC runs the air bases and ground support units, PC is responsible for the tactical helicopter squadrons and battlefield air defence units, AFTC runs the flying schools, and UC operates UAVs.

In addition to the above, there are a number of units based overseas, in France, Australia and the USA which concentrate on aircrew initial and conversion training. This is primarily due to the small size of Sinapore island and the limited amount of airspace available for training missions.

Current Order of Battle

Table of Current Order of Battle

Historical Orders of Battle

List of Historical Orders of Battle

All-Time Flying Units List

Units List

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

The main air bases currently used are Tengah, Sembawang, Paya Lebar and Changi.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

Apart from the main bases, there are also a number of airfields overseas which are used by the RSAF. The RSAF also operates helicopters from warships of the Republic of Singapore Navy.
Military Air Bases Listing

Aircraft-Carrying Ships Listing

More Information


Singapore Military Aviation Bibliography – to be added.


To be added


Official Homepage of the Republic of Singapore air Force

wikipedia: Republic of Singapore Air Force

Facebook: Republic of Singapore Air Force

Scramble: Republic of Singapore Air Force

Flightglobal: Singapore Special Report

F-16 Air Forces – Singapore

Current Aircraft Inventory
Republic of Singapore Air Force

Aircraft Type Total Del’d Total Active Still on Order Role
Aerospatiale AS 332M Super Puma 17 17 0 Utility
Aerospatiale AS 532UL Cougar 14 12 0 Utility
Alenia Aermacchi M346 Master 12 12 0 Trainer
Boeing AH-64D Apache Longbow 20 17 0 Attack
Boeing CH-47D Chinook 6 6 0 Transport
Boeing CH-47SD Chinook 10 10 0 Transport
Boeing F-15SG Strike Eagle 32 32 8 Fighter-Bomber
Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker 4 4 0 Tanker/Transport
Elbit Hermes 450 ? 5 0 Surveillance
Eurocopter EC120B Colibri 5 5 0 Trainer
Fokker 50 Enforcer Mk 2 5 5 0 Maritime Patrol
Fokker 50UTA 4 4 0 Transport
Gulfstream G550 5 4 0 AEW & C
IAI Heron I ? ? 0 Surveillance
IAI Searcher 42 40 0 Multi-role
Lockheed C-130B Hercules 4 4 0 Tanker/Transport
Lockheed C-130H Hercules 5 5 0 Transport
Lockheed KC-130B/H Hercules 5 5 0 Tanker/Transport
Lockheed Martin F-16C Fighting Falcon 22 20 0 Fighter-Bomber
Lockheed Martin F-16D Fighting Falcon 40 40 0 Fighter-Bomber
Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II 0 0 ? Fighter-Bomber
Northrop F-5E Tiger II 41 27 0 Fighter-Bomber
Northrop F-5F Tiger II 9 6 0 Trainer
Pilatus PC-21 19 19 0 Trainer
Sikorsky S-70B Seahawk 6 6 2 ASW/ASuW

Aircraft Not Used
Republic of Singapore Air Force

This page gives details of some of the aircraft types that were offered or promised to the Republic of Singapore Air Force but not delivered, cancelled official orders, and types have been falsely reported as being in service.

Aerospatiale AS350B
Four AS350B are reported to be in service 1994-1997. Possible confusion with the AS350E which was used.

Aerospatiale AS350L
20 AS350L2 or 10 AS555L-2 reported in service around 1990-1992. This seems to be confusion with the AS550 Fennec actually used.

Aerospatiale AS332B Super Puma
Five AS332B reported to be in service 1985-1998. Possible confusion with the AS332M variant actually used.

AESL Airtrainer CT-4
Misidentification of the AESL Airtourer T6./24, an earlier variant of the same design, which was actually used.

Agusta-Bell AB412 Grifone
Some AB412 reported in service in 1986. Possible confusion with Bell 212 actually used.

Bell 406CS
20 Bell 406CS Combat Scout helicopters reportedly ordered in 1989. Never delivered.

Cessna 337 Super Skymaster
At least 6 Cessna 337s reported to be used. None were taken into service.

Cessna 402 Utililiner
One Cessna 402 reported to be used from 1970. None were taken into service.

Learjet 35
One Learjet 35 reported in service from 1992. None were taken into service.

Lockheed KC-130F Hercules
One KC-130F reported in service during 1981. None were taken into service.

MBB Bo 105C
One Bo 105C reported in service during 1997. None were taken into service.


Country Profile

The Country


Singapore is a city state located in Southeast Asia, off the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula. It comprises 63 islands, including the main island, Singapore Island, which is by far the largest, and Tekong Island, the next biggest. Singapore is bordered to the north, east and west by Malaysia and by the Singapore Strait to the south, which links the Andaman Sea and the South China Sea.

The terrain in Singapore is low and flat, with the highest natural point reaching 166 m (545 ft). Urbanisation has eliminated most of the original land features, but 5% of the land is set aside for nature reserves.

Singapore has a total land area of 710 sq km (274 sq miles) and had a population of 15.18 million in 2011. 63% of the population were citizens, while the other 37% were foreign workers or permanent residents. The main ethnic groups are Chinese 74%, Malay 13%, Indian 9% and Eurasians 3%. The capital city is Singapore.

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National History

Summary Narrative History

Timeline – Key Dates in Singapore History

Further National Information

BBC News Profile: Singapore
wikipedia: Singapore
wikipedia: History of Singapore


Text to be added on the development of aviation in Singapore.


Civil Aircraft Registrations

Singapore civil aircraft use the registration sequence 9V-AAA to 9V-ZZZ from 1970. Prior to independence the sequence VR-Sxx was used 1929 to 1965.

All-time Singapore – civil aircraft register (VR-Saa 9V-aaa) [TO BE ADDED].
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Aircraft Operators

Military Air Arms

Air Force (Republic of Singapore Air Force)
Naval Aviation – the Air Force operates a number of helicopter from ships on behalf of the Navy.

Historical military air arms-
Reserve Aviation (Straits Settlements Volunteer Air Force) [1936-1939]

Central Government Agencies

Government Aviation – VIP transport is provided by Singapore Airlines
Coast Guard Aviation – the Police Coast Guard has no aviation unit
Flying School (Singapore Youth Flying Club)

Public Service Aviation

Medical Aviation – EMS helicopters are not used due to the small size of the island
Police Aviation – the Singapore Police Force has no aviation unit

Commercial Aviation

Air Singapore

wikipedia: Airlines of Singapore
The World’s Airlines: Singapore

Private Aviation

Private contractors for Government/Military Services-
Pacific Flight Services/ST Aerospace


Aircraft Manufacturers

None at present.

Aircraft Maintenance/Repair Depots

None known.


Civil Airports & Airfields

Airports in Singapore

Military Air Bases & Airfields

Military Air Bases Listing – to be added.

On Show

Aviation Museums

Republic of Singapore Air Force Museum
Singapore Discovery Centre
Singapore Science Centre

Airshow Dates

Key Airshow Dates

More Information

Aviation-Related Magazines

Magazines Guide for Singapore

Aviation Bibliography

To be added

Web Links

To be added.

Asian Airlines & Airports

Aviation-related Magazines Guide

In late 2008 Global Business Press acquired the Malaysian magazine ‘Asian Airlines & Aerospace’ and relaunched it in 2009 under the present title. The content remained largely unchanged, focusing on commercial aviation developments in the Asia-Pacific region. Published at a rate of 6-8 issues per year, it includes special features, exclusive interviews and profiles of the region’s airline and aerospace industry. The change of name should have resulted in a new ISSN, but this not appear to have occurred.

Further information:
Asian Airlines & Airports
Back Issues
e-book version


Aviation-related Magazines Guide

Subtitled ‘Singapore Armed Forces News’. Official monthly magazine of the armed forces of Singapore. Topics covered include defence issues, national service benefits, latest weapons. Includes good coverage of the Republic of Singapore Air Force. Illustrated with colour photos. Issue No. 122 was dated December 1987.

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