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Singapore asks U.S. for continued pilot training

U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency has told Congress that Singapore is seeking a five-year follow-on deal for continued training of its F-16 pilots.
By Richard Tomkins   |   June 13, 2014 at 4:28 PM   |   Comments

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WASHINGTON, June 13 (UPI) -- Singapore has asked the United States for a follow-on Foreign Military Sales deal for continued pilot training and equipment.

The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency, in its required notification to Congress of the possible sale, said the State Department had already signed off on the package that is worth $251 million.

"Singapore needs this training and equipment to support its F-16 aircraft," the agency said. "The continuation of this training program will enable Singapore to develop mission-ready and experienced F-16 pilots."

If approved, training of Singapore's F-16 pilots would continue for five years at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona.

Covered under the deal would be provision of 80 CATM-9M captive air training missiles, jet fuel, containers, academic instruction, maintenance, clothing and individual equipment.

Also included would be exercise deployments, airlift and aerial refueling, support equipment and spare and repair parts.

The principal civilian contractor would be Raytheon.

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