Britain Will Provide Air Bases If Singapore
Purchase Their Jets. (13 Nov 2003)
Britain will avail her facilities for air training and basing
to Singapore if Singapore chooses the Eurofighter Typhoon to replace
its Super Skyhawk fighter-bombers.
The Eurofighter Typhoon, the American F-15T Strike Eagle and
the French Dassault Rafale are the three jets short-listed by
the Ministry of Defence in a 20-plane deal worth a reported $2
billion. The decision will be made late next year or in 2005.
The Republic of Singapore Air Force and the Royal Air Force have
worked closely together. Visiting British Minister of Defence
Procurement, Lord Bach stated that Britain would be able to provide
an excellent solution to Singapore's training and basing facilities
for its pilots and aircraft.
Other incentives from Britain include the beyond-visual-range
missile called the Meteor, which will also be provided to RSAF
without restrictions. The Meteor BVRAAM can destroy targets at
a long range and engage several targets at the same time.
Singapore currently does not have basing and training facilities
in Britain but has them in France, Australia and the United States.
Access to Britain's facilities will enable the RASF pilots to
train in bad weather conditions, given Britain inclement weather
All three shortlisted aircraft are twin-engine planes. All RSAF's
fighter jets now are single-engine.
The other two shortlisted candidates are also offering incentives
to Singapore. For example, France is offering the opportunity
to jointly develop a new radar system plus providing greater access
to air force training areas in France if it selects the Rafale.