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F-35B: The unprecedented capabilities Singapore always wanted

14th January 2020 - 09:15 GMT | by Chen Chuanren in Singapore


The US announcement of a sale of 12 Lockheed Martin F-35Bs to Singapore has finally put a stop to a year-long debate as to which variant the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) was seeking.

The decision to go for the short take-off vertical landing version comes as little surprise for most military analysts, but beyond just the advanced C4I and stealth capabilities, the various unprecedented features it brings to the table will solve numerous headaches that the RSAF has faced for years.

With a land mass of just 721.5km², the island state of Singapore is continuously seeking land for

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Chen Chuanren


Chen Chuanren

Chen Chuanren is Shephard’s Singapore correspondent, covering primarily land and sea systems. He served in …

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