Singapore is unlikely to pursue new airlift and maritime patrol aircraft in the short term, as its current platforms can meet those needs following capability upgrades, according to the country’s Air Force chief.
Malaysia will convert two Indonesian-built CN-235 transport aircraft into maritime patrol platforms using U.S. funding set aside for regional nations to improve maritime security, a top general confirmed.
Speaking to reporters at a media roundtable on the eve of the Singapore Airshow, Gen. Charles Brown, Jr. said more tankers and airlifters available to Pacific Air Forces was a “key aspect” to his command’s activities in the vast region.
The show must go on, insist the organizers of the Singapore Airshow, despite an increasing number of exhibitors pulling out of the biennial event due to fears of the new coronavirus epidemic sweeping the globe.
According to witnesses, seven Chengdu J-10 fighter jets in the team’s distinctive blue, white and red livery landed at Singapore’s Changi East Airbase on Tuesday afternoon along with a pair of Ilyushin Il-76 transport aircraft of China’s People’s Liberation Army Air Force.
After seeing the demand for inexpensive maritime surveillance from Southeast Asian countries like Indonesia, signals intelligence specialist IOMAX is considering marketing a maritime surveillance version of its Archangel light-attack aircraft.
Next week, the U.S. Air Force is expected to announce its decision on whether to continue the JSTARS recap program, but a top Lockheed Martin executive contends that an alternative to JSTARS might actually be the best approach.