Forum: Wise move to acquire high-tech military assets

A photo taken on Nov 27, 2018, shows an RAF F-35B Lightning fighter jets flying over The English Channel during the "Point Blank" excercise after taking off from RAF Mildenhall, Britain.
A photo taken on Nov 27, 2018, shows an RAF F-35B Lightning fighter jets flying over The English Channel during the "Point Blank" excercise after taking off from RAF Mildenhall, Britain. PHOTO: REUTERS

The move by the Ministry of Defence to purchase elite stealth fighter jets and related equipment is a wise one (US govt gives go-ahead for sale of F-35 stealth fighter jets to S'pore, Jan11).

There will be people out there who might consider the latest purchase a waste of money, while some foreign observers could wonder what Singapore is up to - given the existing military and relatively sophisticated assets of our Singapore Armed Forces.

We should always be prepared for the possibility of a "big fish" trying to bully or even swallow a "small fish".

Throughout history, there have been several instances of a big or medium-sized country, for whatever reasons, bullying or taking advantage of smaller nations.

We should always be prepared for the possibility of a "big fish" trying to bully or even swallow a "small fish".

Singapore, often described as a little red dot, must always be prepared to deal with threats by wisely acquiring effective high-tech military assets.

Adrian Villanueva

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 14, 2020, with the headline 'Wise move to acquire high-tech military assets'. Print Edition | Subscribe