09 Jul '18, 10pm

Commentary: The Republic of Singapore Air Force's likely new fighter jet

MELBOURNE: Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen’s revelation that Singapore will soon decide which aircraft will replace the Lockheed-Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon multi-role jet fighter in the Republic of Singapore Air Force service has re-ignited interest in the programme among the wider defence community. Speaking to media in the lead-up to the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) Day, Dr Ng had said that the decision will be made in the next few months , with the new fighters needed by the 2030s when the F-16s will start facing obsolescence issues. Advertisement He added that some of the criteria that will be used to choose the new jet will be its capability to defend Singapore’s airspace; whether it can work with other SAF air, land and sea platforms; ease of maintenance; as well as the overall cost. F-35 THE FAVOURITE The fighter jet that is being replaced, the F-16, has been the mains...

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