06 October 2021
by Ridzwan Rahmat
A Republic of Singapore Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon. Singapore scrambled the plane sort in response to an incursion by a Malaysian helicopter in September 2021. (Janes/Patrick Allen)
Singapore has registered its issues with Putrajaya over the September 2021 incursion of a Malaysian authorities helicopter into the republic's airspace.
The incident prompted the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) to scramble an undisclosed variety of F-16 plane.
“On 11 September 2021 a Royal Malaysian Police helicopter was travelling in a southeasterly direction towards Tanjung Pengelih in southern Johor when it entered Singapore's territorial airspace above the eastern part of Pulau Tekong without approval,” mentioned Singapore's Minister for Defence Ng Eng Hen in a written response to a parliamentary query printed on 5 October.
Pulau Tekong is an island used solely by the Singapore Armed Forces, for army coaching functions. It is out of bounds to the general public.
“During the helicopter's approach, the RSAF had issued calls to it to keep clear of our airspace, but there was no reply. RSAF F-16 aircraft were scrambled to investigate,” mentioned Ng.
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