The Singapore government is reportedly evaluating a future purchase of America’s next-generation F-35 fighter aircraft, Lockheed Martin’s executive said Thursday on the sidelines of on-going Singapore Airshow.
"They, I think, are seriously evaluating the F-35, as well as other platforms I'm sure," Lockheed International Executive Vice President Rick Edwards told Reuters this week at the Singapore Airshow, adding, "when they are ready, we will respond."
The F-35B "jump" jet is on display at the Singapore Airshow, which runs from February 6 to 11.
According to the report, the government is in initial discussions with the firm for F-35B version short take-off and landing variant, which he described as “a nice fit for a smaller land-constrained environment”.
Singapore Chief of Air Force Mervyn Tan said the country was studying the F-35 as part of its long-term planning, the Straits Times reported on Monday.
However, Richard Aboulafia, a Washington aviation analyst and vice president of analysis at Teal Group, in a Thursday report for Defense News, said that Singapore is "likely to join the F-35 club in the next 10 years".
Aboulafia described Asian market to be the strongest, stating that “up to 2015, Japan, South Korea, Australia and Singapore were the only countries to purchase a military aircraft with a unit price in excess of $50 million, except for Israel and Saudi Arabia”.
The F-35 Lightning II fighter jet has a top speed of Mach 1.6 and can carry 18,000 pounds (8,182 kilograms) of ordnance. One variation of the F-35 has the ability to land vertically, like a helicopter.
The first F-35A stealth fighter jet of Japans Air Self-Defense Force (ASDF) is expected to be commissioned to the Misawa base in Aomori Prefecture on Friday, Japanese media said quoting Defense Ministry officials Monday. The fighter was assembled at the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd
South Korea may consider introducing several F-35B fighter jets for its newest amphibious landing ship slated to be deployed in 2020, Yonhap reports. According to the report, the officials are considering possibilities of operating the F-35B fighter, a short takeoff and vertical landing variant of the US-made fifth-generation warplane from the second 14,000-ton Dokdo-class vessel
Lockheed Martin plans to reduce per unit cost of F-35 fighter jet to $80 million by 2020. With the incorporation of lessons learned, process efficiencies, production automation, facility and tooling upgrades, supply chain initiatives and more – the F-35 enterprise has already significantly reduced costs and improved efficiency, the company said in a statement Monday
Singapore plans to replace its Victory-class Missile Corvettes (MCVs), the current mainstay of its naval surface combat fleet, with more capable Multi-Role Combat Vessels (MRCVs) by 2025. The MRCVs will contain configurable modular payloads and unmanned systems to function as flexible "motherships" capable of deploying unmanned drones to suit various missions from peace to war, according to a '
Singapores Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen said Friday that the countrys plan to replace its aging fleet of F-16 fighter aircraft will be announced soon, listing a number of manufacturers that could be in the running for a deal potentially worth billions of dollars. Singapores fleet of around 60 F-16 jets are at the tail end of their service and Ng Eng Hen told reporters on June 29 that the decision will be made in few months
The Singapore Defense Forces (SAF) has called for applications from interested parties to adopt retired dogs from their Military Working Dog Unit. “These dogs have served with pride and distinction and the SAF hopes to put them in good homes to spend their retirement, purely as companions (not guard dogs), with people who will love and care for them as much as their SAF handlers do,” the Singapore MoD said in a statement
Singapore has deployed the ASTER-30 Surface-to-Air Missile System, manufactured by MBDA, ordered under a contract signed in 2013. According to Defense Aerospace, Singapore Defense Minister Ng Eng Hen confirmed the delivery of the system in a speech to Parliaments defense committee on March 2
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