Changi Air Base (East)
, or Changi East Complex
is a new facility extending the facilities of Changi Air Base
, the existing facilities hence renamed Changi Air Base
. Built on 2 square kilometre site of reclaimed land, the new base is located approximately 2 kilometres east of Singapore Changi Airport
and approximately 1.5 kilometre west of Changi Naval Base
. Ground breaking took place on 15 July 2002, it was officially opened on 29 November 2004. The runway (02R/20L) length is approximately 2,748 metres (9,015 ft).
The new base houses the Republic of Singapore Air Force
's 145 Squadron
, which comprises the extended-range, attack oriented F-16D Block 52+ Fighting Falcons, as well as the Flying Support Squadron
, the Air Logistics Squadron
and the Airfield Maintenance Squadron
The proximity of the South China Sea
to the air base gives it an advantage over Tengah Air Base
and Paya Lebar Air Base
as the F-16 jets from Changi can make a faster and shorter trip out to training areas over the South China Sea, compared to their counterparts from other air bases. The 145 Squadron can save as much as five to seven minutes transit time, which means they also save on fuel and further reducing costs.
In the future, the runway will be extended for the expansion of Singapore Changi Airport.
Singapore Airshow connection
Also, located just beyond the northern edge perimeter fencing
of the air base is the permanent venue of the... Read More