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Singapore Closing towards the F-35 Buy, says US Program Chief

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Published on : Feb 26, 2015

The country Singapore has moved closer to their ordering the joint strike of Lockheed Martin fighter, as per data from the program head US Lt. General Chris Bodgan.

The General also noted that there was a rise in the activity from their potential foreign military sales or FMS customers and their F-35 such as Israel, that has recently committed for a further 14 aircraft. He also said that on the foreign military sales front, they are getting an increase in their customer interest in the plane.

According to Chris Bodgan, they currently have a number of many potential foreign military sales consumers which they are asking to start a greater dialog with these consumers in terms of the airplane, and one of them is Singapore. The joint program office or JPO are presently exchanging data with Singapore Air Force for a couple of years to contribute to their decision which will make within their timeline.

The Singaporean government however has not yet indicated which variant of F 35, they are interested in. Singapore has requested for data on all three models which are the short takeoff vertical landing, the conventional takeoff, and the carrier model.

A media roundtable was hosted by the General during the opening day of Avalon in 2015 with the Australia program head for F-35, and also with Air Vice Marshal Deeble. According to Deeble the project will acquire over 70 conventional F-35s model for the Royal Air Force of Australia and will deliver an initial operating capacity by the end of 2020. But, Deeble has figured that several areas were a cause of concern.

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