Singapore seeks AMRAAM and AIM-9X Sidewinder missiles from US
The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of two potential foreign military sales (FMS) of AIM-120C7 advanced medium-range air-to-air missiles (AMRAAM), AIM 9X-2 Sidewinder Block II all up round missiles, and associated equipment to Singapore.
Under the first estimated $210m FMS, Singapore has requested a total of 100 AIM-120C7 AMRAAM, AMRAAM programmable advanced system interface simulator (PASIS), ten AMRAAM spare guidance sections, 18 AN/AVS-9(V) night vision goggles, as well as H-764G with a GEM V selective availability anti-spoofing module (SAASM).
Additional equipment includes common munitions built-in-test reprogramming equipment (CMBRE-Plus) in support of a direct commercial sale for the newly acquired F-15SG fighter aircraft.
The second estimated $36m sale seeks the delivery of 20 AIM 9X-2 Sidewinder Block II all up round missiles, along with eight captive air training missiles (CATM)-9X-2, five CATM-9X-2 Block II missile guidance units, and two AIM-9X-2 Block II tactical guidance units.
Both sales also include the provision of spare and repair parts, support equipment, tools and test equipment, publications and technical documentation, personnel training and training equipment logistics, and technical support services, as well as other related elements of logistics and programme support services.
Primarily aimed at enhancing the Singapore Air Force's air-to-air capability, the sales are also expected to augment the service's ability to strengthen homeland defence and improve cooperation with allied air forces during bilateral and multilateral exercises and potential air defence operations.
The potential sales also contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the US by directly increasing the security of Singapore, which continues to be an important force for political stability and economic progress in the Asia-Pacific region.
Prime contractors for the first FMS include Honeywell Aerospace, ITT Night Vision and ATK Defense Electronic Systems, while Raytheon Missile Systems will serve as the prime contractor for both programmes.
Image: A USAF technician loading an AIM-120 AMRAAM missile onto an F-16C aircraft. Photo: Courtesy of Dancraggs.