50 SKY SHADES - World aviation news

Singapore to buy Airbus and Boeing helicopters

Download: Printable PDF Date: 07 Nov 2016 13:44 category:
Publisher:
Singapore to buy Airbus and Boeing helicopters - Manufacturer publisher
Tatjana Obrazcova
Country: Singapore Aircraft: Helicopters
Source: Reuters

Singapore has agreed to buy new military helicopters from Airbus and Boeing Co to replace its aging fleet of Super Pumas and Chinooks, the city-state's defense ministry said on Monday.

Singapore has the largest defense budget in Southeast Asia at a time when China's increasingly assertive actions in the disputed South China Sea spur regional nations to step up defense spending.

The defense ministry would buy H225M medium-lift helicopters from Airbus and CH-47F heavy-lift helicopters from Boeing, it said. Its current fleet is more than 20 years old.

"The H225M and CH-47F possess better lift and reach capabilities and will enable the RSAF (Republic of Singapore Air Force) to meet the Singapore Armed Forces's lift requirements more efficiently with fewer helicopters and less manpower," the ministry said.

The statement did not give financial details or say how many helicopters were involved. Earlier this year, sources familiar with the matter had valued a potential deal at $1 billion.

The decision on helicopters was initially delayed after the crash in April of a civilian Airbus Super Puma.



Loading comments for Singapore to buy Airbus and Boeing helicopters...


Recommended

CAE to train more than 1,000 new easyJet pilots

CAE has signed a long-term exclusive training agreement with easyJet to train 1,000 new easyJet cadet pilots on a Multi-Crew Pilot licence (MPL) programme. CAE will also provide Airbus 320 type r...

First flight of VSR700 prototype

The prototype of Airbus Helicopters’ VSR700 unmanned aerial system has performed its first flight at a drone test centre!  The VSR700 performed several take-offs and landings on Friday 8...

The launch of Mi-38 on international market at Dubai Airshow 2019

The first foreign presentation of its newest Mi-38 civilian helicopter will take place during Dubai Airshow 2019! The rotorcraft featuring a luxury cabin will be showcased at the static expositio...

Young passengers’ purchasing habits present an opportunity to transform shopping in the sky

Generation Z (Gen Z) are last-minute spenders when planning trips, presenting an opportunity for airlines to revolutionise inflight e-commerce and take revenue from elsewhere in the customer...