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 F-16 upgrade details

The US State Department released more details on 7 May 2015 on the planned upgrade of 60 F-16C/D/D+ Fighting Falcons of the Republic of Singapore Air Force, initially announced more than a year ago.

Several American companies will provide the requested hardware, of which more details are now know. Among the equipment that Singapore buys are 50 Joint Helmet-Mounted Cueing System, Advanced Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) Interrogator/Transponders, 150 LAU-129 Missile Launchers, Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) bombs and a lot of associated hardware. The estimated cost is $130 million.

“The improved capability, survivability, and reliability of the newly upgraded F-16s will enhance the RSAF’s ability to defend its borders and contribute to coalition operations,” an official press release reads.

The following US companies will be involved in the deal: Lockheed Martin, BAE Advanced Systems, Boeing, ITT (incl. night vision stuff), L3 Communications, Northrop-Grumman and Raytheon.

Source: US DSCA
Featured image: 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)