Indian Air Force pilot Abhinandan Varthaman, who was shot down this week in a skirmish between India and Pakistan, returned home to a hero's welcome yesterday amid signs of a de-escalation of tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbours. Pakistan had released the pilot as a goodwill gesture.
Singapore wants to buy four US F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft and is waiting for approval from the US Congress. Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen said yesterday that the purchase is part of efforts to build the next-generation Singapore Armed Forces. There is an option to buy eight more of the jets.