Singapore-New Fighter Jets To Be Determined
Soon (2 Apr 2003)
The Programme for the replacement of the Republic of Singapore
Air Force's (RSAF's) current fleet of A-4SU Super Skyhawks is
likely to involve six contenders, initially.
These six contenders for new fighter planes will most likely
be narrowed down to about three, later in the year.
Defence Science and Technology Agency's Chief Executive Officer
Richard Lim, however, commented that two to four contenders would
be short-listed after June, followed by the final choice made
probably next year. He also added that his Agency is transitioning
from being a fast follower to a creator of new technologies.
The six contenders are Lockheed Martin's F-16C/D Block 60, Boeing's
F-18E/F Super Hornet and its F-15E Strike Eagle, Sukhoi's SU-30MK,
Eurofighter's Typhoon and Dassault's Rafale.
The exact budget and size of the planned purchase has not been
disclosed but industry sources quoted that the Programme would
involve twenty aircrafts worth an estimated value of US $ 1 billion
Regarding a decision on helicopters, Mr. Lim said it would likely
to be made this year.