Singapore - 3 Firms Shortlisted
To Supply New Choppers (12 Aug
After a three-year search for its first ship-borne helicopters,
the Singapore Navy has narrowed the field to three companies.
These companies will be invited to Singapore later this month
to give their best offers for submission. The contract will
be up to eight helicopters.
The final three choppers to be reviewed are a modified model
of the SH-70(N) Sea Hawk from United Technologies (UTC), from
the United States; the NH-90 from European group NHIndustries
and the Cougar, from Eurocopter which is based in France.
The selected helicopters will be the first in the Singapore
Armed Forces to be armed with anti-ship missiles and deployed
on warships. They will carry both anti-submarine torpedoes
and anti-ship missiles.
The Navy ordered six 110-metre stealth frigates from France
in 2000. The first frigate will be delivered in 2005 and a
helicopter will be carried by each of them.
Two more helicopters will be needed for shore-based training
and for replacement choppers when others need maintenance.
Once the companies have submitted their offers, the bids
will be examined by the Defence Science & Technology Agency.
The whole process will be completed by early next year with
the selected chopper announced.