A Singapore Air Force F-16D comes in to land at Luke Air Force Base, AZ. The Singapore Air Force uses the base for training. (Image © Elmer van Hest)

Singapore wants F-16 upgrade

Singapore has asked the US for an upgrade of Lockheed Martin F-16 Block 52 aircraft and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of 2.43 billion USD. The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress on 13 January about the possible Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to Singapore.

Singapore wants to upgrade 60 F-16C/D fighters. The items being procured in this proposed sale include 70 Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radars, 70 Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing Systems (JHMCS) and a similar number of APX-125 Advanced Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) Combined Interrogator Transponders. It also includes guided bomb units, missiles and further training equipment.

The proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by increasing the ability of the Republic of Singapore to contribute to regional security, says theDefense Security Cooperation Agency. The proposed sale will improve the security of a strategic partner which has been, and continues to be, an important force for political stability and economic progress in the Asia Pacific region.

The upgrade will improve both the capabilities and the reliability of the Republic of Singapore Air Force’s (RSAF) aging fleet of F-16s.  The improved capability, survivability, and reliability of newly upgraded F-16s will enhance the RSAFs ability to defend its borders and contribute to coalition operations with other allied forces. The RSAF will have no difficulty absorbing this additional equipment and support into its armed forces.

Source: US government

A Singapore Air Force F-16D comes in to land at Luke Air Force Base, AZ. The Singapore Air Force uses the base for training. (Image © Elmer van Hest)
A Singapore Air Force F-16D comes in to land at Luke Air Force Base, AZ. The Singapore Air Force uses the base for training. (Image © Elmer van Hest)