PICTURES: Indonesia and Singapore air forces' F-16s in joint formations
September 07, 2017 • Leave a Comment
As part of celebrations to mark 50 years of bilateral ties between Indonesia and Singapore — dubbed "RISING50" — the Indonesian Air Force (Tentara Nasional Indonesia-Angkatan Darat — TNI–AU) and the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) flew in separate and joint formations over the Marina Bay area on 7 September. Witnessed by leaders and dignitaries from both countries, the F-16s flew in unilateral "Arrowhead" formations and jointly in a "50" formation. A "bomb-burst" manoeuvre by RSAF F-15SGs concluded the display.
Like all relationships, the half century of relations had its ups and downs. There were episodes of great cooperation and assistance in the economic, social and defence realms but also periods of friction and tension between both countries. There being much fractional rivalry in Indonesian politics, and the small geographical size and vulnerability of Singapore often lead to each side pursuing different tangents that have adverse effects on relations. The Indonesia-Singapore relationship will only stay strong and continue to prosper in the next 50 years through cool-headed decision-making and the commitment to seek cooperation and mutual benefits by leaders on both sides of the Straits of Singapore.
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