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.
“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.”
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