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09:41 AM, January 18, 2019
Singapore Air Force Selects F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) to Replace F-16 Jets
Singapore Defense Minister, Ng Eng Hen, inspecting the F-35 cockpit during the evaluation (Image: @Ng_Eng_Hen on twitter)

The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) and Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA) have completed their technical evaluation to select the next generation fighter to replace its F-16s.

The F-16s will have to retire soon after 2030 and the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) has been identified as the most suitable replacement to maintain the RSAF's capabilities, Singapore’s Ministry of Defense said in a statement Friday.

However, the technical evaluation also concluded that the RSAF should first purchase a small number of F-35 JSFs for a full evaluation of their capabilities and suitability before deciding on a full fleet. In the next phase, MINDEF will discuss details with relevant parties in the US before confirming its decision to acquire the F-35 JSFs for Singapore's defence capabilities.

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