Boeing and the Republic of Singapore Air Force on April 5 celebrated the arrival of the RSAF’s first five F-15SG aircraft at Paya Lebar Air Base, Singapore, where the aircraft were formally inducted into the F-15SG squadron. The F-15SGs returned to Singapore from Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, following 10 months of rigorous air-to-air and air-to-ground testing and development programs with the U.S. Air Force/RSAF 428th Fighter Squadron. “The F-15SG is the newest, most technologically advanced multirole F-15 aircraft ever built,” said Mark Bass, Boeing F-15 Program vice president. “It provides a new capability that enables Singapore to defend its sovereignty as one of the most strategically important global trade regions in the world.” The F-15SG’s speed, power and agility make it the ultimate multirole fighter. Versatile in all missions, the F-15SG moves the RSAF into the next-generation force. The F-15SG’s integrated sensor suite, which includes an Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar and a third-generation SNIPER targeting pod, will provide the RSAF with long-range air-to-air and air-to-ground capabilities. Its state-of-the-art cockpit, advanced avionics and Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System provide increased situational awareness and enhanced air-to-air and self-defense capabilities. RSAF pilots, weapon systems officers and ground crew personnel were relocated to Mountain Home in 2008 to set up the joint 428th Fighter Squadron. On Nov. 19, the U.S. Air Force and RSAF celebrated the inauguration of the 428th with a ceremony at the base.