Road ahead for Singapore's F-35s

Four purchased to be based in US for training and evaluation; delivery expected in 2026

The United States Marine Corps' F-35B Joint Strike Fighter performing during the flying display at Singapore Airshow on Feb 16. Singapore is buying four F-35Bs, with an option for eight more.
The United States Marine Corps' F-35B Joint Strike Fighter performing during the flying display at Singapore Airshow on Feb 16. Singapore is buying four F-35Bs, with an option for eight more. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI
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Singapore is now in the final stages of sealing a deal for its first next-generation stealth fighter jets, joining 12 other countries who are set to receive or currently operate the F-35 Joint Strike Fighters.

Singapore will buy four F-35Bs and evaluate them fully before committing to a further eight, said Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen last Monday. The first planes will be based in the United States for training and evaluation, with delivery expected in 2026.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 09, 2020, with the headline Road ahead for Singapore's F-35s. Subscribe