The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) has started taking delivery of its new Boeing CH-47F Chinook helicopters.

According to a 26 March Facebook post, the first examples will go to the RSAF helicopter detachment in Oakey, Australia.

Singapore CH-47F

Source: Republic of Singapore Air Force

Singapore is understood to have ordered a total of 10 CH-47Fs

This, it says, “will enable the RSAF to leverage the vast airspace and terrain for more realistic training.”

While RSAF aircraft are a common sight in Singapore’s skies, the small size of the Southeast Asian city state creates training challenges.

“The CH-47F is an advanced helicopter with a fully integrated, digital cockpit management system, and advanced cargo-handling capabilities,” says RSAF.

“These features, coupled with capabilities such as an enhanced self-protection suite and Satellite Communication (SATCOM) system, will enable it to better meet the SAF’s lift requirements.”

RSAF lists several missions for CH-47F including search and rescue, aeromedical evacuation, and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.

Singapore CH-47F

Source: Republic of Singapore Air Force

A Republic of Singapore Air Force CH-47F bearing a US registration

The CH-47F will replace the RSAF’s fleet of CH-47SDs, which have served since 1994.

Though Singapore does not divulge aircraft numbers, Cirium fleets data suggests that it will receive a total of 10 CH-47Fs. Cirium fleets data also shows that it operates 15 CH-47SDs with an average age of 21.4 years.

The CH-47Fs are part of a broader update to RSAF rotorcraft capabilities. In late March it took delivery of the first of Airbus Helicopters H225M to replace the AS332 Super Puma.

Both the H225M and CH-47F were ordered in 2016.