February 8, 2018 / 8:18 AM / 8 months ago

Singapore 'seriously evaluating' future F-35 jet purchase - Lockheed exec

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - The Singapore government is “seriously evaluating” a future purchase of F-35 jets, the head of Lockheed Martin Corp’s international business said on Thursday.

An Israeli Air Force F-35 fighter jet flies during an aerial demonstration at a graduation ceremony for Israeli Air Force pilots at the Hatzerim air base in southern Israel, December 27, 2017. REUTERS/Amir Cohen

“They, I think, are seriously evaluating the F-35, as well as other platforms I’m sure,” Lockheed International Executive Vice President Rick Edwards told Reuters at the Singapore Airshow. “When they are ready we will respond.”

Lockheed Martin's logo is seen during Japan Aerospace 2016 air show in Tokyo, Japan, October 12, 2016. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

He said initial discussions with the government centered on the F-35B version short take-off and landing variant, which he described as “a nice fit for a smaller land-constrained environment”.

A U.S. Marine Corps F-35B is on display at the island nation’s airshow.

Singapore Chief of Air Force Mervyn Tan said the country was studying the F-35 as part of its long-term planning, the Straits Times reported on Monday.

Other F-35 customers in Asia include Australia, Japan and South Korea.

Reporting by Jamie Freed

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