Singapore seeks adversarial training for local and US-based fighter pilots

By Mike Yeo

A Republic of Singapore Air Force F-16D Block 52 Fighting Falcon takes flight. A squadron that operates the aircraft type has been tapped to be an "aggressor" squadron, providing an adversarial threat for fellow pilots during training. (Mike Yeo/Staff)

A Republic of Singapore Air Force F-16D Block 52 Fighting Falcon takes flight. A squadron that operates the aircraft type has been tapped to be an "aggressor" squadron, providing an adversarial threat for fellow pilots during training. (Mike Yeo/Staff)


Update: A comment from the U.S. Air Force in response to a Defense News inquiry has been added.


MELBOURNE, Australia — One of the companies recently hired by the U.S. Air Force to support an adversarial role during training was also approached by Singapore to perform the same role its Idaho-based fighter training detachment, an industry source told Defense News.


The Asian country is also inaugurating a unit under one of its locally based fighter squadrons to perform an adversarial training function.