The city state said last year it planned to buy an initial four F-35s from Lockheed Martin Corp, with an option for eight more, as it looks to replace its ageing F-16 fleet, stated a Reuters report.
“The State Department has made a determination approving a possible foreign military sale to Singapore of up to twelve F-35B … aircraft and related equipment for an estimated cost of US$2.750 billion,” the DSCA said in a statement, adding it had notified Congress of a possible sale.
The DSCA said the sale would involve equipment from Lockheed and engine maker Pratt and Whitney. The F-35B variant of the jet can handle short take-offs and vertical landings, attributes seen as benefiting land-scarce Singapore.
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