SHAH ALAM: On the same day, that Korean Aerospace Industries (KAI) announced it had won the FLIT-LCA tender for the RMAF, Singapore Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen announced it was buying eight Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II stealth fighter adding to the four it had already procured.
Ng told Singapore parliament that the eight aircraft will be delivered by the end of the decade. The F-35s will replace the Republic of Singapore Air Force F-16 fighter jets.
In 2019, Singapore announced the acquisition of an initial four F-35Bs, which are on track for delivery by 2026. The purchase was worth an estimated US$2.75 billion, according to a US government press release.
That deal included an option for eight more F-35 jets. Dr Ng on Friday said the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) had decided to exercise the option for the F-35B variant after an extensive evaluation.
“MINDEF and the SAF have concluded that the F-35 is the best choice to meet our defence needs now and in the future,” he told Parliament.
The Defence Ministry has the largest estimated expenditure among the ministries for the 2023 financial year, at S$17.98 billion. This is a 5.6 per cent increase from FY2022. Almost all the money, or about S$17.04 billion, will go to the SAF.
MINDEF does not give detailed cost figures for the acquisition of planes, submarines and Army platforms as these can provide an indication of capabilities.
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