Singapore Selects Boeing F-15
05 Sep 2005
Singapore has selected Boeing's proposal as the winner of the RSAF Next Fighter Replacement Programme and is currently in the final stages of negotiations. Boeing offered the F-15T, a derivative of the F-15E Strike Eagle, probably similar to the F-15K developed for the Republic of Korea Air Force. The competition was for a contract for up to about 20 aircraft, to replace the RSAF A-4SU Skyhawks. However a second contract is expected in the near future since the RSAF will replace its F-5S/T Tiger IIs soon as well. Although quite likely, it remains to be seen if Boeing will be contracted for that as well. The deal is expected to be worth USD 1 billion.
Earlier Singapore released that it had dropped the BAE Systems offer consisting of the Eurofighter Typhoon, because it did not meet schedule and system requirements. Although this was good news for the Dassault Rafale at the time, it now came out as the loser as well. Even though meeting technical and operational requirements, Singapore seems to prefer the US as their source for military equipment and benefit from the weak dollar in the process.