The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a potential foreign military sale (FMS) of F-16 pilot training and associated equipment to Singapore.
Under the estimated $251m sale, Singapore has requested for a follow-on support and services for Singapore's Continental United States (CONUS) detachment PEACE CARVIN II (F-16) based at Luke Air Force Base (AFB) for a five-year period.
The package also includes 80 CATM-9M captive air training missiles, jet fuel, containers, publications and technical documentation, tactics manuals and academic instruction, maintenance, clothing and individual equipment, and execution and support of CONUS exercise deployments.
In addition to this, airlift and aerial refuelling, support equipment, spare and repair parts, repair and return, personnel training and training equipment, the US Government and contractor technical and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistical and programme support are included in the package.
The training and equipment are expected to allow Singapore to develop mission-ready and experienced F-16 pilots, which in turn will enhance the professional interaction and operational interoperability with US forces.
The potential sale contributes to the foreign policy and national security of the US by increasing the ability of Singapore, which continues to serve as an important force for political stability and economic progress in the Asia Pacific region.
Raytheon will serve as the prime contractor for the programme.
Image: An F-16 fighting Falcon fighter aircraft of the Republic of Singapore Air Force. Photo: courtesy of Luhai Wong.