Singapore purchases fighter jets described as ‘$1.4 trillion national disaster’

It was reported that Singapore is looking to purchase four F-35 fighter jets, with an option for eight more.

The Ministry of Defence has identified the F-35s as the “most suitable replacement” for its ageing F-16s and will first “purchase a small number of F-35 JSFs for a full evaluation of their capabilities and suitability before deciding on a full fleet”.

Dubbed the “World’s most advanced fighter”, the F-35 will be equipped with advanced features such as radar-absorbent material which allows it to avoid detection in older radar system. It is also understood to contain the most advanced integrated sensor package of any fighter jet in history.

While each unit will cost between S$122 million to S$156 million, Singapore is believed to be interested in the B variant which will cost more and can take off from shorter runways and land vertically.

The purchase is currently pending approval from the US Congress, as required by the law for foreign military sales. Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen said this phase might take nine to 12 months and the relevant agencies will speak to their US counterparts to “move the process forward”

Critics: The F-35 is too complicated for its own good and does not meet the challenges of the modern battlefield

One report noted that the plane’s development $1.4 trillion national disaster for the US as its systems were too advanced on paper but did not add actual value:

One system was the Electro-Optical Targeting System (EOTS), which was designed to help the F-35 detect and destroy enemy fighters from afar, in the hope that close-range dogfighting would be a thing of the past.

While it sounded good in reality, the EOTS had limitations with its image degradation with humidity. This meant that pilots would have to fly in closer to a target than they would otherwise have to just to get a clear enough picture to launch a missile or take a shot.

Another example was the distributed Aperture System (DAS), which has six video cameras distributed around the fuselage to act as “eyes”. The “eyes” then projects the outside view onto the helmet visor while the flight instrument panel identifies the threats as detected by the sensors and mission system.

However, there is the problem of excessive false targets, resulting in unstable “jittered” images and information overload. The report noted that pilots are turning off some of the sensor and computer inputs and turned to rely instead on simplified displays.

It concluded that “based on the actual test performance… it appears the electronics actually interfere with the pilot’s ability to survive and prevail.

Another defence writer Dave Majumdar has identified the F-35 to be one of the worst five fighter jets ever made.

While he acknowledged that the jet alone itself was not a bad thing, its development was an “over ambition to develop one base aircraft that can be adapted to replace half-dozen specialized jets. The result if an expensive jack-of-all-trades, but master of none”.

He added that the design requirements “were set at a time when future threats were unclear” and its capabilities “did not anticipate the reemergence of China” or the “anti-access/area denial threats we are now starting to face”.

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  • N.Jungne:

    Who signed arh?

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  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    From our Airbase, we are less than a mile from Enemy??? anti-aircraft fire…Vertical or short runway…it can be monitored and shot before its engine can warm up…

    WHO are we KIDDING but ourselves the silly IDIOTS thinking we are Israel when we are no bigger than Jerusalem…

    US-Aussie-Kiwi & Pommey aid to our rescue from THOUSANDS and Minimum 5 hours flight away???

    We are INDEED kidding ourselves…

    Imagine all the MONEY put to more Humane and care for the Country and people instead of Toys of Fake Bravado???

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  • I'm Halimah also jiak liao bee:

    The PAPIGS cannot even chase out the Malaysian vessels anchored in our territorial waters, and all they can do is shouting veiled threats.

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  • LIONS:

    Lets just say,THE ENEMIES,or potential enemy elements,have already been PLANTED here by the MOST DAFT FT PooLEEcy of LEE Ah Loony.

    Fighter plane$$$ to SHOOT at who?
    OWN PEOPLE???

    PLAIN STOOPID!
    TYPICAL PAPies.

    P$: Tell us WHICH OTHER *COUNTRY* HAS MORE FOREIGNER CONTENT,AT ANY ONE TIME,IN THEIR TOTAL POPULATION,than in SINGAPOOR?

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  • NotMyProblem:

    With more than 2 millions foreigners in Singapore how are we going to fight? All our potential enemies are already inside Singapore, how to defend? Some of these foreigners are inside our government services, they could be spies!!

    Why only Singapore is the one protecting the South China Sea, what about the rest, like Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, the Philippine …?

    What the good of having F35s? I could only think it is “protection money” paid to the USA, it doesn’t matter if the plane is of any good.

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  • Great Asia:

    Just need to buy 12 F-35s only?

    Do you think our American papa will allow us to buy a total of 12 F-35s only?

    Singapore will have to buy at least 60 of them! Because we need to fund our American papa!

    We will be paying tens of billions if we include the training, maintenance, and spare parts

    This is how we have been funding the US’ wars across the world!

    Ha ha ha!

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  • STupid Balls drop:

    Its stupid and senseless; Unless the current series of Top fighters at hand like F15, F16 etc.. are seriously outmatch or outnumbered by your neighboring threats, otherwise is seen sucking to Trump, helping out his campaign at the suffering of own poor Singaporeans.

    Everyone must have seen the be-littering handshake he had with the “Balls” drop from his pant, unfilial “SON” unable to tackle Tump demand.

    And Especially when;

    1) You do not have a aircraft carrier;
    2) You must not be seen as the aggressor by your neighbors.
    3) Your neighbors are peacefully dormant.
    4) the US is buying in new F15X recently, why do you need F35 where many have seen its stupid “sucker” to Tump.
    5) F**ucking submarines would be even cheaper and best stealth to have.

    Basing on the above, WE HAVE A UNCARING GOVERNMENT, the way I see it.
    Tax hikes, GST hikes… WTF just because he cannot tackle the stupid tump?

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  • Ministrer to GO:

    We already allowed the US base in Singapore. No one dare to attack Singapore. Hence there is ABSOLUTELY NO REASON to spend that kind of money which should be used to thanks Singaporeans for all the years of support.

    Its economically plain STUPID and strategically NO PLANNING.

    That minister should give way to more able people in view of the recent deaths of our army boys in training.

    I don’t trust any of his planning. Its WRONG.

    BTW, Singaporeans need to know what kinds of benefits to Singapore in allowing the US Base here? What are the agreement? Do they pay for it?
    WP please ask.

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  • Smartie:

    Can someone tell me what the point of spending such expensive toys when half of population are foreigners already ? Foreigners draft ?

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  • MikeB:

    Spending all this money on defence to defend their millions and their properties.. 70% fools made this happen…

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  • opposition dude:

    I think even the very old F117A Stealth Fighter (remember that one?) could do a far better job than this super high tech F35.

    Sometimes simplicity is better.

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  • Huge headlines on CNN:

    Huge headlines on CNN:

    The message to China behind Singapore’s US F-35 jet plan

    https://edition.cnn.com/2019/03/06/asia/singapore-f-35-fighters-analysis-intl/index.html

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  • Where will they be stationed?:

    Where will they be stationed? How fast can they be deployed into combat action?

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  • Worse Neighbour - Troublemaker:

    The worse neighbour to have is “Singapore”.

    Small size make so much “Noise”.

    “Jiao Gia” don’t know the “Elastic” Slingshot.

    China should help Singaporeans during the GE to think properly.

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  • KNNB VTO:

    GST might go UP 12%.

    KNN, Taking money from the POOR and jobless to help him built barrier walls to protect his house.

    New Tax on the way, breathing-in Tax, Breathing-Out pollution tax etc…

    @Ministrer to GO; Don’t expect WP to open the mouth… Better Lim Tean go in bang table, wake all them up.

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  • 習禁評:

    Great asia 兄,

    你在搞義和團是嗎 ?
    你的 ” 扶新滅洋 ” or ” 扶中滅洋 ” doesn’t work.

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  • Perspective:

    How can you expect US protection without contributing to US economy! LOL! ASEAN countries want the US to be a counterweight to China in the region, but “NIMBY,” like many kiasu Singaporeans want Opposition but also NIMBY! No aircraft carrier? No problem. SG’s F-35s can take off from US aircraft carriers under US command! LOL! If war breaks out between the super-powers, SG will inevitably be drawn in because of US naval bases here. Just pray the bomb shelters in your HDB flat can protect you!

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  • MarBowling:

    There is NO DOUBT that we need to be well-armed against any potential foreign threat…BUT definitely not to the extend of spending so much taxpayers’ hard earned money on these fiacking expensive toys! The price of one F35(S$122-S$155millions)may deem as “affordable” to $million salaried PAPIGS Defence Minister Chicken HEN, BUT to we common folks, it’s VERY VERY fiacking expensive! Period. How about the spare parts? May cost double! Just like a LaserJet printer say costs $xxx.00/=, BUT the fiacking toner costs 1/3 or half the price of the printer! Anyway, with so many FTs and FWs, some squatting in top positions in our various vital and important organizations, any guarantee, one or two of these jokers may sabotage one of these expensive toys, blowing it up in seconds, just like the TWIN TOWER in USA! Is Chicken HEN an expert to say our current fleet of F15 and F16 is no blady GOOD and will be obsolete by 2030? Instead of trying to show our neighbors HOW TUA KEE you are, the money should be spend on Welfare and Healthcare of all Singaporean, esp the common folks, the elderly and the poor! VOTE Chicken HEN out in the coming GE!

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  • 亚马逊军蚁:

    炼功夫当然是要炼到最高的境界啦!

    如果某人有天赋能炼空手道到黑带12段,他如果停留在黑带零段,那就叫人不解了!

    国防当然也是这样,尤其是像新加坡这样的小国。

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  • HarderTruths:

    $G is one of US’s forward bases. This means $G now is trying to show how much it can stand up to China? Is that $G’s message?

    In any war with China $G will be toast. Do $G citizens really want to fight a war with China? Too many MP fools in $G think playing X-box is going to help. None ofthe m know what a war is.

    Ask the previous generations about WWII and Vietnam war. Ask those that live in Middle East what happens. It does not matter how moral or upright $G thinks it is to stand up for USA. War means destruction.
    That will be the end of $G as we know it.

    $G is a little red ant that can be wiped out overnight. We should not play poker with elephants.

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  • Talk-Cock Perspective:

    @Perspective;

    Singaporean have been frightened since young to be so “NIMBY” that even their own constitutional rights cannot be defended by themselves, let alone going to the WAR. So lax that even training also casualty. I am sure during war times, long jong chow [all run away], no one is going to defend for the long.

    Might as well save the money “Trillions” and employ the GURKHA to the fight the war. FT mah!.

    What is the use of your “TOP” equipment when there are already bashed inside Singapore [by land and by sea]? Different war altogether isn’t it.

    You can’t fight the wall from “US carrier” or from Australia when the land has been captured. Hahahahahahahahhah

    Even you are so naive to think that you can bomb their vast land and jungles like Vietnam. Talk-Cock Perspective.

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  • Nimbeh NIMBY Perspective:

    $G Perspective is so different – being suppressed, “NIMBY”, Work, pay taxes, old & die [No life]. LeyLong immigration control.

    Unlike other countries – Sense of Belonging, Passion, Dedication, Purpose, Pride, Work, pay taxes, Personal Lives, old & die. [Meaningful lives]. Strict immigration control.

    $G Garatament is not like Trump, Built Wall to protect their People interest. Leylong immigration thinking FT brings in more jobs…. until now…f**ucking NOT PROVEN. [as usual]. But is going to spend Trillion$ of hard earned money on toys to support other people WALL building works.

    $G is total failure. Nothing good to say.

    Unfilial to Own Father, even lost sense of Roots, thinking he is the Ang Mo Tua Kee, shaft into his A**SH

    Nimbeh NIMBY VTO.

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  • Perspective:

    @ Talk-Cock Perspective:
    March 8, 2019 at 1:17 pm

    You missed my point. Read between the lines. LOL!

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  • MRI and Dialysis machines:

    From a layman perspective one of the big expensive medical services is to get an MRI scan or dialysis machine treatment.

    If a submarine costs 1 billion dollars, and we spend 1 billion to buy MRI and dialysis machines instead, Singaporeans would have lived longer.

    One less jet , thousands of lives saved and medical costs drastically reduced.

    But Singaporeans are too timid and selfish to help bring CHANGE.

    SELF PRESERVATION disunite the people and people become islands of loose sands, allowing for absolute control.
    Powerless people means no democracy.
    North korea looks nice from the exterior facade.

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  • Asd:

    Don’t even have air space fly to where ar… waste fuel ar… buy missle la .. and stop talking carbon tax nonsense..

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  • Partial truth?:

    @ Singaporeans would have lived longer.

    Singaporeans already living longer, infact some i talk to prefer to live shorter. Longer but in a wheel chair or coma or stroke resulted in minor to major paralysis is the not the focus , but healthier and happier.

    @ One less jet , thousands of lives saved and medical costs drastically reduced.
    But Singaporeans are too timid and selfish to help bring CHANGE.

    Not totally correct. Prevention better than cure. Self discipline and restrain also much required.

    If medical cost totally free, theres a big portion of people will anyhow smoke, drink, all meat no veggies, prostitution without condom. 有酒今朝醉 … Since free somebody foot the bill.

    Change ? A small step like kick the habit of heavy smoking or drinking also cannot. Excuses to picking up some exercise to keep fit.

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  • Easy To Milk Money:

    1.4 billion is 1400 million, peanuts to PAP when money is free.

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  • Vertical Space Not Limited:

    Asd:
    Don’t even have air space fly to where ar… waste fuel ar… buy missle la .. and stop talking carbon tax nonsense..

    These jets are capable of taking off vertically.
    They can still fight fly up and down.

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  • Ah Q Has 6 As, Still Ah Q.:

    F35 series, should go for the F35C, that the US is keeping for itself.

    F35B has lots of problems.

    Singapore is buying 4 X F35B. Therefore, be prepared for 4 X Pilots to be injured or die in the F35B malfunctions or mishaps…..

    If buy another 8, be prepared for another 8 pilots to claim life insurance if they have insurance (insurance companies are not that stupid)

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  • Bleed to Death:

    1.4 Trillions$ and not including Operation and Maintenance/Spare parts Cost. Singaporean are going to bleed to death by one stupid decision. [voted for them]

    More tax coming. Carbon tax, diesel tax…. take the money not abating the pollution or do anything, only as “REASON” to take the money… KNNB

    Soon, breath out pollution tax, fart ammonia tax.

    Shameless Bus*tard, unfilial son. KNN.

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  • Mai how lian la;:

    Mai how lian la;

    He is talking about “AIR SPACE”.

    Furthermore, deplete the purpose of long range radar system or stealth. Milosia so near.

    Vertical taking off is slow and courting death.

    Short take off is faster….

    But for 1.4 Trillions….. KNN Kila Siow…

    Vertical Space Not Limited: These jets are capable of taking off vertically.
    They can still fight fly up and down.

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  • Muz upgrade:

    Muz upgrade if not jets end up like Malaysia more than half not operational ready. Or like India shot down by Pakistan.

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  • Pattern at the Poor expense:

    @Muz upgrade:

    KNN, Upgrade to F15X lah stupid.

    US recently order in F15X for good reasons.
    Different kinds of War, different machines needed.

    Like US still uses the old but many wartime proofed A-10 Warthog and US soldiers declare its usefulness in protection in close combat. Based on that, don’t know what the hell you talking about. Don’t know India being shot down, but definitely yourself being shot.

    Don’t lavishly misuse tax payers money to personal show-off, pattern his face to others.

    Absolutely no reasons for F35.

    Absolute failure.

    Muz upgrade:
    Muz upgrade if not jets end up like Malaysia more than half not operational ready. Or like India shot down by Pakistan.

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  • Interesting!:

    “U.S. arms deals abroad amounted to $75.9 billion in fiscal year 2017. It’s no mistake that we’ve got a lot of military aircraft at the same airport in Singapore where they buy a lot of Boeing aircraft, Cohn said. It’s no mistake that we’ve got enormous intelligence operations out of Singapore. It’s no mistake that our naval fleet goes in and out of there to refuel and resupply.”
    Page 220 Chapter 27
    FEAR
    Trump in the White House
    Bob Woodward
    (2018)

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  • Muz upgrade:

    You dont know India 2 jets shot down
    by Pakistan ??? Old news liao.

    Dont read msm is okay but at least read other newspapers to keep yourself update. Dont listen to people who said dont read news.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/world/asia_pacific/pakistan-says-it-has-shot-down-two-indian-jets-in-its-airspace/2019/02/27/054461a2-3a5b-11e9-a2cd-307b06d0257b_story.html

    Pakistan captures Indian pilot after shooting down aircraft, escalating hostilities.

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  • Goon readers:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6HAR9TgGbE

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VIc-zBMFu7k

    Please watch and use brain instead of being so easily influenced.

    We are talking about citizens hard earned money here.

    KNN outdated.

    Muz upgrade:
    You dont know India 2 jets shot down
    by Pakistan ??? Old news liao.

    Dont read msm is okay but at least read other newspapers to keep yourself update. Dont listen to people who said dont read news.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/world/asia_pacific/pakistan-says-it-has-shot-down-two-indian-jets-in-its-airspace/2019/02/27/054461a2-3a5b-11e9-a2cd-307b06d0257b_story.html

    Pakistan captures Indian pilot after shooting down aircraft, escalating hostilities.

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  • Bin Laden Muz!:

    @Muz upgrade;

    Pakistan is the country that housed Bin Laden and you chose to read their news and believed into it. Worse, try to influenced us into agreeing to the foolish spending of Trillions$ dollars of Singaporean hard earned money?

    Are you one of the foolish 70% or PAPIB to think that we will buy into the upgrade story?

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  • Fare for Public Bus and MRT:

    Please do this FIRST:
    60 years old and ALL those wheelchair: Fix at 60cents per ride regardless of distance travelled and number of transfer
    70 and older: FREE

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  • 習禁評:

    @ Pakistan is the country that housed Bin Laden and you chose to read their news and believed into it. Worse, try to influenced us into agreeing to the foolish spending of Trillions$ dollars of Singaporean hard earned money?

    Pakistan 是我們的中國盟友。 我們稱呼為 ” 巴鐵 “。 不可道聽塗說散謠言禍眾, 不然就是乳滑.

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  • Muz upgrade:

    @ Bin Laden Muz!:

    All the more need to upgrade.

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  • Guppy:

    Singapore is also good friend of Pakistan. Their high commission is in Scotts Road. You think they eat Durian together like with Najib??

    KNN, don’t know what you guppy about in Chinese. Must be from China Ghetto.

    習禁評:
    @ Pakistan is the country that housed Bin Laden and you chose to read their news and believed into it. Worse, try to influenced us into agreeing to the foolish spending of Trillions$ dollars of Singaporean hard earned money?

    Pakistan 是我們的中國盟友。 我們稱呼為 ” 巴鐵 “。 不可道聽塗說散謠言禍眾, 不然就是乳滑.

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