Singapore Airshow managing director Leck Chet Lam says one of the top stars will be the U.S. Air Force Lockheed Martin F-22. This fifth generation fighter is so ahead of its time and technologically advanced that the U.S. government refuses to allow it to be sold to any other nation. The USAF is also bringing the venerable Lockheed Martin F-16 and the Boeing C-17 Globemaster, its large heavy-lift transport aircraft.
There is a need in the Asia-Pacific region for more military transport aircraft, which may explain the presence of Airbus Military’s A400M at the show. Currently, the Royal Malaysian Air Force operates the A400M. Airbus is keen to sell the heavy lifter to other countries in the region which include: Singapore, Indonesia, Brunei and Thailand.
The Malaysian Air Force will bring its the Sukhoi Su-30, which is the most highly advanced 4.5 generation fighter in its fleet.
Malaysia is planning to phase out the Mig-29 aircraft in its use. Malaysia is considering to buy the Dassault Rafale, the very reason the French manufacturer brought it to the show. The Rafale has been on winning streak lately after securing orders from Egypt and Qatar, while a sale to India has not yet been finalized. If Malaysia selects the Rafale, it will become the 3rd Islamic country to operator the aircraft.
One more jet trainer, which has received some orders is the Korean Aerospace Industries (KAI) T-50. Indonesia and the Philippines have both ordered the type. The Republic of Korea Air Force’s T50 flying acrobatic team, the Black Eagles, will be participating and performing at the show. One more attraction is the presence of the Republic of Singapore Air Force, which will be doing a coordinated flying display involving the Boeing F-15SG and the Boeing AH-64 Apache attack helicopter.
In commercial planes, Bombardier has confirmed that it will have the CSeries CS100 on static display. This aircraft type recently achieved Transport Canada certification and is scheduled to be delivered to launch operator Swiss International Air Lines in this year’s first half.
The Airbus A350 is going to be another attraction. The Singapore Airlines has ordered the aircraft and several other airlines are considering it. Philippine Airlines is likely to announce at the show whether it has ordered the A350-900 or the Boeing 787-9 to replace its Airbus A340s.
Source: Aviation Week