Singapore identifies F-35 as most suitable replacement for F-16

Singapore has determined that the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) is the most suitable replacement for their F-16s.

This was announced today by the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) of Singapore.

“The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) and Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA) have completed their technical evaluation to select the next generation fighter to replace its F-16s,” Singapore MINDEF said.

It noted that the F-16s will have to retire soon after 2030 and the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) has been identified as the most suitable replacement to maintain the RSAF’s capabilities.

Singapore MINDEF further said that the technical evaluation also concluded that the RSAF should first purchase a small number of F-35 JSFs for a full evaluation of their capabilities and suitability before deciding on a full fleet.

“In the next phase, MINDEF will discuss details with relevant parties in the US before confirming its decision to acquire the F-35 JSFs for Singapore’s defence capabilities,” it added.