Singapore’s Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen said Friday that the country’s 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.
Singapore’s 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.
“We thought long and hard about it, taken our time to choose a replacement, and we would be making a definitive decision likely in the next few months,” Dr Ng was quoted as saying by Channel News Asia.
However, Dr Ng did not mention the details, saying only that the new jet should be cost-effective, easy to maintain and capable of working with other platforms across the SAF.
“In the market you can only choose what is out there,” he added. “When air forces are choosing replacements, the usual suspects come up: Whether it’s the (European) Typhoons, F-35s, (Russian) Sukhois or Chinese-made stealth fighters.”
In addition to the fighter jets, Dr Ng announced various hardware replacements across the services, as the SAF prepares for a one-third manpower reduction by 2030.
Singapore's F-16s first entered service in 1998. The country has typically used US-made aircraft in the past, making the F35s – a variant of which appeared at the city-state's airshow back in February – a likely successor.
The head of Lockheed's international business said in February that Singapore was "seriously evaluating" a future purchase of F-35 jets – one of the world's most advanced fighters which start at around $80 million each.
He said initial talks with Singapore were centered on the F-35B short take-off and landing variant, which he described as "a nice fit for a smaller land-constrained environment."
Media reports show that Singapore had intended to buy four F-35s by around 2022, with the option to purchase another eight, but held off taking a decision on this in 2016.
The Singapore government is reportedly evaluating a future purchase of Americas next-generation F-35 fighter aircraft, Lockheed Martins 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
Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $55.6 million to upgrade Singaporean, Morocco and Taiwanese F-16 aircraft
Singapore has agreed to procure Airbus medium-lift H225M and Boeing heavy-lift CH47F helicopters to replace its aging fleet of Super Pumas and Chinooks. "The H225M and CH-47F possess better lift and reach capabilities and will enable the air force to meet the Singapore Armed Forces's lift requirements more efficiently with fewer helicopters and less manpower," Singaporean ministry of defense said Monday
Singapore has delayed a decision on $1 billion helicopter purchase to replace 32 ageing Super Pumas after a civilian Airbus Super Puma crashed in April this year Airbus Helicopters is the frontrunner for the order. The delay comes as Airbus Helicopters, wrestles with the latest in a series of setbacks to the H225 Super Puma, a workhorse of the offshore oil industry and widely used across the world for search and rescue and heavy military airlift operations,
ST Engineerings Marine sector has launched the seventh Littoral Mission Vessel (LMV), Dauntless, designed and built for the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN). The LMV programme that started in 2013 will replace the RSNs current fleet of Fearless-class Patrol Vessels, also designed and built by ST Engineerings Marine sector in the 1990s
The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) decommissioned two Fearless-class Patrol Vessels (PVs) RSS Daring and RSS Resilience at a sunset ceremony at Tuas Naval Base Thursday. Officiated by Chief of Navy Rear-Admiral (RADM) Lew Chuen Hong, the ceremony marked the progressive handing over of duties from the PVs to the new Littoral Mission Vessels (LMVs), the Singapore Ministry of Defense said in a statement Thursday
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 '
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