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US State Department approves the sale of F-35B aircraft to Singapore

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The US State Department approved the possible sale of 12 F-35B fighter jets to Singapore for about $ 2.75 billion.

The Military and Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) in a statement says it has submitted the required certification by notifying Congress of the potential sale.

Singapore made a request last year to acquire F-35 aircraft as it seeks to increase its operational aircraft inventory by replacing its old F-16 aircraft fleet.

Emphasizing Singapore’s importance as a “strategic friend”, major security cooperation partner and “important” force for political stability and economic progress in the Asian Pacific region, the DSCA says: “This proposed sale will support the policy externalities and U.S. national security objectives. ”

“The proposed sale and support of this aircraft will not alter the basic military balance in the region,” the DSCA points out.

The sale procedures will officially begin once they are approved by Congress.

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