RSAF in talks with RAF over F-35 ownership issues

Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II.

Singapore Airshow: Tuesday 11 February

Commenting on the decision by Singapore to buy an initial 12 Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning IIs, the same version that will be operated by the Royal Air Force (RAF), Air Marshal Gerry Mayhew, Deputy Commander Operations said that Singaporean military representatives had already been engaged in discussions with the RAF over how the force was setting up to operate the F-35B. Singaporean representatives visited the UK last year to talk to RAF personnel involved in flying and operating the aircraft, and the discussions are ongoing.

Alexis Hammer, the outgoing director, Americas & Asia Pacific at the UK’s Defence & Security Organisation at Department of International Trade (DIT), added that the Singaporean team were also gaining information about which weapons and other systems the RAF would be deploying on its aircraft, in addition to other areas such as how the aircraft would be maintained.

by Andrew Drwiega