LATEST UPDATE 23 AUGUST 2014 | Singapore is reported to have acquired more Boeing F-15SG aircraft than previously known, according to several media on Friday 22 August. The recent appearance of a number of F-15SG aircraft on the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) registry, sparked interest into the Singapore F-15 fleet, which is now thought to be 40 strong instead of 24.
The designation F-15SH is unique to the Republic of Singapore Air Force F-15 Eagle aircraft. Eight F-15SGs were filed by Boeing for a US N-registration recently. Along with eight F-15 aircraft marked by Boeing as being delivered to an unspecified customer in the 2005 – 2012 timeframe, it is save to say Singapore is the buyer of these aircraft. The country is officially known to use 24 F-15SG fighter bombers, but the actual number therefore seems to be 40.
The F-15SG is a variant of the US Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle, and the type was chosen by Singapore over the Dassault Rafale in 2005. Roll out of the first F-15SG was on 3 November 2008, with deliveries starting the year after. Singapore declared the new fighter operational in September 2013.
The additional Eagles – through US Direct Commercial Sale channels – were supported by a side-purchase of a 100 AIM-120C7 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM) and 18 AN/AVS-9(V) Night Vision Goggles, announced in April 2013. The weapons were delivered by the US for 210 million USD.
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