What the F-35B fighter jet deal says about Singapore's defence purchase planning

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The United States government has green-lighted the sale of up to 12 F-35B fighter jets to Singapore in a deal that breaks new ground in several areas.

Singapore's first short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL) aircraft; the most advanced Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) warplane; the first F-35 sale to South-east Asia; and the most expensive fighter Singapore has chosen - all these descriptions apply to this deal.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 11, 2020, with the headline 'What the F-35B fighter jet deal says about Singapore's defence purchase planning'. Subscribe