JB Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii—The Singaporean Ministry of Defense sees its possible purchase of F-35s only as part of "long-term" plan. The country is looking at the prospect of an F-35 fleet in the "2030 and beyond" timeframe, said Ng Eng Hen, the country's minister of defense, during the Association of Southeast Asian Nations informal meeting on Sept. 30 in Hawaii. In the meantime, the country is instead looking at upgrading its F-16s and continuing use of F-15s. The current fleet will last for another one to two decades and the ministry is still discussing its F-35 future, Hen said.
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An F-35A Lightning II assigned to Hill AFB, Utah,
conducts a training flight with F-16 Fighting Falcons assigned to Kunsan
AB, Republic of Korea, over the city of Gunsan, on Dec. 1, 2017,
in preparation for Vigilant Ace 18.
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