The US promise of strengthening the Singaporean defense has almost partly been fulfilled after the United States on Friday approved the sale of 12 F-35 Fighter Jet to the Singaporean government for a sum of $2.75 billion.
As CBS and Channels TV reported, The State Department had approved the jet sale, said the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency, adding that the US Congress had been notified and must now also give the green light.
Despite its small size, Singapore has one of the region’s best-equipped armed forces and spends a large chunk of its national budget on defence.
“Singapore is the US’s strategic friend and major security cooperation partner and an important force for political stability and economic progress in the Asia-Pacific region.”
The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency promised that the deal “will not alter the basic military balance in the region.”
The Singaporean government declared last year that it planned to acquire 8 fighters jets.
The one the government is about to acquire from the US pending the approval of the Congress is the Lockheed Martin model fighters jet.
The US State Department approves the sale of up to 12 F-35B fighter jets and related equipment to Singapore at an estimated cost of $2.75 billion, pending approval from Congress, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency says.https://t.co/8sXgSVkNnL
— Al Arabiya English (@AlArabiya_Eng) January 10, 2020