30th May 2008, 10:30 PM
[News] S'pore to receive its first F-15 jet soon.
May 30, 2008
S'pore to receive its first F-15 jet soon
By Teh Joo Lin
SINGAPORE is expected to take delivery of its first F-15 Eagle fighter early next year, said a senior Boeing Company official on Friday.
'The F-15SGs are in production and we hope to have the first one rolled out in November this year.
'Singapore will take delivery of the first one early next year,' said Mr Jim Albaugh, the president and chief executive of Boeing Integrated Defense Systems.
Mr Albaugh, who is here to attend the Shangri-La Dialogue, told reporters that the production was 'coming along very well.
Singapore has ordered 24 F-15SGs, the latest variant of the all-weather, multi-role fighter that has chalked up an impressive combat record of 101 victories and zero losses around the globe.
The twin-seat fighters are being assembled at Boeing's F-15 production plant in St Louis, Missouri, in the United States.
Some of the aircraft will be stationed at a US base in Mountain Home, Idaha, where the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) pilots and ground crew will be trained.
The purchase of the advanced strike jets was announced in 2005 after the defence and aviation giant beat rivals in the US, Russia and Europe.
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