Singapore prepares to help USA


Singapore Air Force F-15SG


In early January 2020, Singapore received approval for the acquisition of a dozen F-35B aircraft in the United States, along with spare engines and parts, electronics, equipment, simulators and other necessary equipment. The value of the contract will be $ 2,75 billion.

In general, quite a walk-through news, at first glance, especially since the Singaporean representatives did not place a particular emphasis on this. Singapore Minister of Defense Ng Eng Hyun emphasized that the latest aircraft are designed to gradually replace F-16 C / D fighters, of which there are currently 60 units in the Singapore Air Force.

It seems to be a bit of these aircraft. 12 units - this is half of the Singapore Air Force squadron in quantity; probably, aircraft of this type will be consolidated into a separate squadron. But still there is something in this news. Singapore is little threatened to take and arm like this.

Singapore is a small but well-armed island


Singapore is already well armed, not bad for such a small island nation. The army has 72 thousand people. The Singapore Air Force is 319 aircraft and helicopters of various types and 14,8 thousand personnel located at four major air bases. The basis of Singapore's striking power aviation now make up 40 F-15SG and 60 F-16 C / D.


Map of Singapore Airbases

There is another factor that seriously increases Singapore's military potential. He is in close allied relations with the United States and its allies. Singapore, in particular, is part of the Five Power Defense Arrangement military agreement with Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand and Malaysia. Singapore provides US support in the region. American planes can visit the Paya Lebar airbase, and warships can enter the Sembawang naval base. Joint military exercises are being held. For example, in October 2019, U.S. and Singaporean warships sank a decommissioned USS Ford frigate (FFG-54). That is, the two countries are preparing to fight together, and this fact makes Singapore a de facto part of the American coalition in the western Pacific. The United States takes this seriously, since they are actively involved in arming the Singapore Air Force with the latest aircraft.

Strait of Malacca


This is not surprising, since we are talking about strategic interests. Singapore is located at the eastern exit from the Strait of Malacca - the most important shipping line in Southeast Asia, along which the main sea freight flows from Asia to Europe and Africa. About 50 thousand merchant ships pass through the strait annually. A shipping channel runs along the south coast of the island, and Singapore controls the airspace above it.


Strait of Malacca Shipping

Therefore, a small island is of great importance in the likely sea blockade of China. In the event of a major US-Chinese conflict, Singapore, of course, will take the side of the United States and will be able to impose a ban on the passage of Chinese ships along the Strait of Malacca, which will create serious and intractable problems for China.

China cannot do anything about it. It does not have such newest aircraft to withstand the latest Singaporean aircraft, and does not have the ability to create its numerical superiority in the air in the region of the Strait of Malacca (a strait outside the combat radius of Chinese aircraft based on coastal airfields). Theoretically, if China had three full-fledged aircraft carriers, it could try to ensure the passage of its ships with a strait. But the Chinese carrier fleet in the event of a conflict there will be many other equally important tasks. So the Strait of Malacca will be closed, and China will not be able to open it with military force. This is a fact of very great strategic importance.

US Assistance in Conflict with China


But the matter is not limited to one control of the strait. The Singapore Air Force is clearly preparing to fight far from its native airfields. All forty A-15SGs from the 142nd and 149th squadrons are based at the Paya Lebar airbase, and five KS-130B air tankers from the 122nd squadron are based here. At Changi East airbase, 20 F-16D aircraft of the 145th squadron and four A330 MRTT airborne tankers of the 112th squadron are based. In essence, these are air units in which tanker aircraft are attached to fighter jets. With air refueling, Singaporean Air Force aircraft can operate in almost the entire South China Sea.

And where can Singaporean fighters with tankers go? The only area outside the combat radius of Singaporean aircraft without refueling in the air where warfare can be expected in principle is the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, about 1500 km northeast of Singapore.

It is interesting that Singapore acquires aircraft with vertical take-off and landing, although it does not have special problems with basing its aircraft on ground airfields. Singapore also does not have remote islands where aviation presence would be required and where it would be difficult to build a full-fledged airfield. In the United States, Britain and Japan, the F-35B is designed to be based on aircraft-carrying ships: aircraft carriers, large landing ships or helicopter carriers, as in Japan. However, there are no such ships in the Singapore Navy, and probably are not expected.

From this we can conclude the following. It is assumed that the Singapore F-35B can operate with the support of aircraft carriers of the United States or Japan. For example, American ships of the Wasp type or similar Japanese ships of the Izumo type can support the operation of these aircraft.

So Singapore’s acquisition of the latest aircraft, in essence, represents a strengthening of the forces allied to the Americans in the South China Sea in the event of an aggravation of the situation, clashes over the disputed islands, demonstrations of force, and similar military actions. For island defense, the F-35B is clearly redundant; Singapore has no close opponents who could challenge him. Relations with Indonesia are friendly and partnership, relations with Vietnam also pursue the goals of developing strategic partnership. The recent controversy over the invasion of Vietnam in Kampuchea in 1979, in which Singaporean Prime Minister Li Xianglong accused Vietnam, did not affect the relations between the two countries and could not be the reason for the purchase of weapons. There remains only the option of helping the United States in a possible conflict with China.

Help can be very effective. In combination with Allied aircraft carriers, Singaporean F-35Bs can generally be in the most unexpected places like Taiwan or Okinawa and can operate as part of mixed formations.

Since the aircraft require the deployment of ground handling services, the purchase of these aircraft by Singapore creates a fundamental opportunity for the F-35 allies (USA, UK, Australia, Japan) to base and be serviced at Singapore air bases. Especially for the UK, with 15 F-35Bs. This feature reduces the dependence of US aviation and its allies on refueling in the air and facilitates the conduct of probable military operations.
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  1. fruit_cake 21 January 2020 14: 11 New
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    Americans asked to work out the money invested in Singapore?

  2. Amateur 21 January 2020 14: 15 New
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    In the case of large US-Chinese conflict Singapore, of course, will take the side of the United States and will be able to impose a ban on the passage of Chinese vessels along the Strait of Malacca

    What kind of conflict? Singaporean military is simply annihilated. Economic? who will allow all kinds of seeding to block the main transport corridor from the Indian to the Pacific Oceans?
    1. Greenwood 21 January 2020 14: 33 New
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      Quote: Amateur
      Singaporean military just annihilate
      How?
      1. Amateur 21 January 2020 14: 38 New
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        Loud. BUUUh. Chinese rocket. am
        1. Greenwood 21 January 2020 16: 39 New
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          Quote: Amateur
          Chinese rocket
          And where did you get the idea that the Chinese are using it in a hypothetical non-nuclear conflict?
          1. Amateur 21 January 2020 17: 35 New
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            And where did you get the idea that the Chinese are using it in a hypothetical non-nuclear conflict?

            And do you think that if Singapore closes the Mallack Strait for the passage of Chinese ships (as stated in the article above and discussed) and drowns them using its Air Force, will China verbally express its concern?
  3. K-50 21 January 2020 14: 33 New
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    China cannot do anything about it. It does not have such newest aircraft to withstand the latest Singaporean aircraft, and does not have the ability to create its numerical superiority in the air in the region of the Strait of Malacca (a strait beyond the combat radius of Chinese aircraft based on coastal airfields).

    That is, China, able to withstand the Air Force pin dosnikov can not resist the Singapore Air Force? belay
    Bullshit !!! fellow laughing
    Aviation will not fly, missiles will fly, and the Chinese will have them, like shoe polish in a shoe polish factory. yes lol
    What then remains of the island of Singapore? New Mariana Trench? lol
    1. maden.usmanow 21 January 2020 14: 48 New
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      And how will rockets help unlock the Strait of Malacca?
      1. K-50 21 January 2020 15: 25 New
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        Quote: maden.usmanow
        And how will rockets help unlock the Strait of Malacca?

        Very simple. After them, there will be no one to block.
        Going into the fairway with pin boards is fraught with health and well-being. yes fellow lol hi
      2. purple 21 January 2020 16: 01 New
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        Quote: maden.usmanow
        And how will rockets help unlock the Strait of Malacca?

        destroying airfields ... not a single F-35 will take off and land ...
        Anyway, it's just an island ... after a missile strike, the people of Singapore will not be in the straits ..
  4. opus 21 January 2020 14: 42 New
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    Quote: Dmitry Verkhoturov
    Interesting thing is that singapore acquires vertical take-off aircraft and landing, although it does not have special problems with basing its aircraft on ground airfields.
    Supposed to what's Singaporean F-35B can operate with the support of aircraft carriers of the United States or Japan.
    In combination with Allied aircraft carriers Singaporean F-35B in general can be in the most unexpected places like

    belay

    F-35B fighter short take-off (but not vertical) and vertical landing (STOVL - Short take-off and vertical landing)


    12 aircraft (and 13 propulsion systems in reserve) are unlikely to scare China

    I think it will be "hard" for them to fight with Malaysia together with China
    Mohamad Mahathir triumphantly returned to power in May 2018, envies his more successful Singaporean neighbor and wonders: Is it not time for Sinagpur to raise the price of water, established back in the 1960s, when it was part of Malaysia?

    Singapore will protect itself by finding alternatives and achieving full self-sufficiency only by 2060.


    Quote: Dmitry Verkhoturov
    Because a small island is of great importance in the likely sea blockade of China.

    The navel of the oceans of the Eastern Hemisphere.
    Indonesia will rule there (the ports of Sabange, Acehe and Batam, Riau, Belavan, Dumi and the new port of Kuala Tanjung) and China, with its mega-initiative “One belt, one road”
    Strait of Malacca - 80% of oil imports for China

    a channel through the Kra isthmus would reduce the sea route from Southeast Asia to Europe and Africa instead of passing through the Strait of Malacca by 1000-1200 kilometers, save for carriers about 48-64 hours in time for transporting goods depending on the route, significantly reduce consumption fuel for ships, carbon dioxide emissions, reduce freight rates, reduce the cost of a barrel of oil purchased for Japan, China and other countries.




    classic
    1. maden.usmanow 21 January 2020 15: 22 New
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      F 35B can take off vertically
      1. opus 21 January 2020 15: 27 New
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        Quote: maden.usmanow
        F 35B can take off vertically

        I would take your word, but conscience will not allow.
        Maybe there is something to prove?
        (Threat. Without a combat load and with fuel 20% of the reserve, maybe it’s not a chur to offer, nobody needs an empty one, because they haven’t learned how to replenish ammunition in the air)
        1. maden.usmanow 21 January 2020 16: 02 New
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          He can fly vertically. You indicated that you can’t.
          1. opus 21 January 2020 16: 16 New
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            Quote: maden.usmanow
            He can fly vertically. You indicated that you can’t.

            1 / repeat
            Quote: opus
            PS.no combat load и with fuel 20% of the stock- maybe this chur not to offer, empty it does not need anyone, since ammunition in the air has not yet learned to replenish


            Test F-35B completes its world's first vertical take-off (VTO) at NAS Patuxent River, Md., May 10, 2013. Despite the fact that in combat (real) these capabilities cannot be used, VTO ​​can be used INSTEAD OF STOVL (short take-off) in conditions where the aircraft cannot perform a short take-off.
            In these cases, an aircraft with a limited amount of fuel will be able to perform VTO (vertical take-off) to travel a short distance.
            You are there, a little bit of brainwashing who needs a vertically-flying plane worth $ 100 million without weapons and with a fuel reserve of 100 km?
            fool
            the author then writes about the combat use of the F-35B
            2. Lockheed Martin:
            F-35 has three main models: the conventional takeoff and landing F-35A (CTOL), the short take-off and vertical-landing F-35B (STOVL), and the catapult-assisted take-off but arrested recovery, carrier-based F-35C

            3. Yak-36 also flew vertically to Domodedovo ... already with the "suspended" blocks of the NAR UB-16.

            but it was a sham.
            1. wehr 21 January 2020 16: 57 New
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              He has a shortened run of 130 meters. That is, it can take off from Red Square. laughing
              1. opus 21 January 2020 17: 37 New
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                Quote: wehr
                He has a shortened run of 130 meters.

                yes even from Nevsky Prospect.
                This is not GDP (CTOL) and the point. That's what I’m talking about.

                Quote: maden.usmanow
                First, you write

                tired ... / through clenched teeth and for the last time /
                Quote: maden.usmanow
                Quote: opus
                F-35B -fighter short take-off (but not vertical)


                Fighter - a military aircraft designed primarily to destroy enemy air targets.
                1. Without weapons, nothing can be destroyed
                2. Without fuel, even your runway cannot be healed.
                Quote: maden.usmanow
                Is there a vertical take-off? there is

                just one time:
                the fighter F-35B- has no vertical take-off, and this is not provided by the manufacturer.
                And test take-offs, test aircraft, do not change anything.
            2. maden.usmanow 21 January 2020 16: 58 New
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              First, you write

              Quote: opus

              F-35B fighter short take-off (but not vertical)


              Is there a vertical take-off? There is
              That's all.
              1. Liam 21 January 2020 17: 04 New
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                A very necessary thing by the way. For example, an emergency relocation from a bombed runway or an aircraft carrier
  5. knn54 21 January 2020 14: 47 New
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    Singapore does not have very good relations with Malaysia.
  6. eagle owl 21 January 2020 15: 06 New
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    Here, it’s more likely that the salt is that the GROUND infrastructure under the F-35 is being created - a jump airfield. I won’t be surprised if they were given the F-35 at all, because Singapore doesn’t need them, why do they need BREAKTHROUGH fighters, they need interceptors and fighters for air combat
  7. KCA
    KCA 21 January 2020 15: 10 New
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    There will be a lot of airfields and airplanes at Singapore if China launches its Dongfen? Why would he send planes or aircraft carriers to Singapore?
  8. Paul Siebert 21 January 2020 15: 29 New
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    Singapore is ready to help the United States during the military conflict with China.
    Which will not take place due to the presence of nuclear weapons in China ....
    Flawless logic. Smacks of Ukrainian political science ...
  9. rocket757 21 January 2020 17: 29 New
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    Everyone chooses his own side.
    How does it go further, but FIG knows her. One thing is always repeated, every petty one who chooses the wrong side gets, often stronger, neither his major partner .... but this is so, in general. After all, they didn’t have a war tomorrow, and will it even be in the foreseeable future ???
  10. Jurgens 21 January 2020 21: 02 New
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    “He tried this idea in every possible way, brandishing the volumes of classics, from which with indescribable simplicity he ripped out quotes with blood, dropping and dying out everything that didn’t suit him. At one time, the Scientific Council trembled under the onslaught of this uncontrollable, even primitive demagogy, and the topic Vybegalla was included in the plan "))
    1. Old Michael 21 January 2020 22: 03 New
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      For Vybegalla - a handful of pluses.
  11. maidan.izrailovich 22 January 2020 05: 44 New
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    In Singapore, 76,8% of the population are Chinese.
    So the author of the article believes that the Chinese will kill the Chinese? No, of course this is possible. And in world history there are lots of examples when fellow tribesmen killed each other, pursuing different goals. But how, then, to be with the notorious "Worldwide Chinese Brotherhood" ?. Or is it fiction and personal selfish matters more important?