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Air power is an integral part of Singapore's defence strategy, and the acquisition of the F-35B should significantly increase Singapore's air power capability.

Summary

This article by Mike Yeo, writing for Channel News Asia (CNA), makes the following points:
  • In 2019 Singapore announced it would buy four F-35Bs (along with options on another eight).
  • The F-35Bs have the potential to transform how the RSAF can generate air power, as it does not require a long runway—a significant factor for a land-strapped country.
  • The F-35 might replace Singapore’s fleet of ageing F-16s.
  • Singapore has not yet decided on whether it will purchase more F-35s.

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