Singapore - New Fighter
Jet May Be Set To Replace Singapore's Fleet (02
The first of 232 new Eurofighter Typhoon jets were handed
over to Britain's Royal Air Force on Monday. The multi-role
fighter is also in consideration to replace the Singapore
Air Force's aging Super Skyhawks.
The twin-engine delta-wing Typhoon is designed to operate
from hastily prepared bases and short runways and is a product
of BAE Systems.
Besides the Eurofighter Typhoon, five other jets are also
in the running to replace Singapore's fleet. They are Boeing's
F-15 Strike Eagle and F-18 Super Hornet and Lockheed Martin's
F-16 Fighting Falcon - all from the US, the French Dassault
Rafale and the Russian Sukhoi Su-35.
BAE Systems shrugged off the competition, stating that these
aircrafts have been in service for a few years.
However, the Eurofighter Typhoon features unrivalled and
proven avionics, weaponry, sensors, electronic counter-measures
and multi-mode radar. It can fly at sustained supersonic speeds
without using an afterburner and can also outgun and outfly
The Typhoon has been designed to offer reliability and low
maintenance costs. It has sophisticated on-board testing systems
and is less expensive to run than the generation of aircraft
it is designed to replace.
BAE Systems offered supply of the latest Meteor beyond-visual-range
air-to-air missiles, with no prior conditions.