The U.S. State Department has approved a possible sale of 12 F-35B Lightning II stealth fighter aircraft to Singapore under the U.S. Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program.
F-35B is the Short Take-Off and Vertical Landing (STOVL) variant of the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) developed by American defense major, Lockheed Martin.
The estimated cost of the deal, which also includes related equipment and support, is $2.750 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), which oversees FMS sales, delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on Jan. 9.
The Government of Singapore has requested to buy up to 12 F-35B aircraft (four F-35B aircraft with the option to purchase an additional eight aircraft); and up to 13 Pratt and Whitney F135 Engines (includes 1 initial spare).
Also included in the possible sale are Electronic Warfare Systems; Command, Control, Communication, Computers and Intelligence/Communication, Navigation and Identification (C4I/CNI) system; Autonomic Logistics Global Support System (ALGS); Autonomic Logistics Information System (ALIS); F-35 Training System; Weapons Employment Capability and other Subsystems, Features and Capabilities; F-35 unique infrared flares; reprogramming center access and F-35 Performance Based Logistics; software development/integration; aircraft transport from Ft. Worth, TX to the CONUS initial training base and tanker support (if necessary); spare and repair parts; support equipment, tools and test equipment; technical data and publications; personnel training and training equipment; U.S. Government and contractor engineering, technical, and logistics support services; and other related elements of logistics support.
This proposed sale of F-35s will augment Singapore’s operational aircraft inventory and enhance its air-to-air and air-to-ground self-defense capability.
The prime contractors of the sale will be Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company, Fort Worth, Texas, and Pratt and Whitney Military Engines, East Hartford, Connecticut.