No Hornets for Singapore

Last revised April 17, 2000

In January of 1985, the government of Singapore ordered eight F-16/79 fighters plus an option for 12 more. The F-16/79 was a cost-reduced version of the Fighting Falcon powered by the General Electric J79 turbojet rather than the F100 turbofan. In mid-1985, it became apparent that the F100-powered version would be made available, and Singapore changed its order to eight F-16A/B Block 15 OCU aircraft (four single-seaters and four two-seaters). This purchase was under the *Peace Carvin* Foreign Military Sales program, and was intended to replace the aging Hawker Hunters still serving with the Republic of Singapore Air Force.

Singapore took delivery of its first F-16 (a two seater) on February 20, 1988. They were powered by Pratt & Whitney F100-PW-220 engines and were Block 15 aircraft with strengthened block 30 airframes.

Singapore had announced plans to buy eleven F-16C/Ds, then hastily withdrew its order when neighboring Malaysia secured eight F/A-18 Hornets. After assessing the capability of the Hornet, on July 9, 1994, the Minister of Defence of the government of Singapore announced that it would stick with the Fighting Falcon and would increase its order to 18 Block 52 F-16C/Ds (eight F-16Cs and 10 F-16Ds).


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  2. Airscene Headlines, Air International,

  3. Modern Military Aircraft--F-16 Viper, Lou Drendel, Squadron/Signal Publications, 1992.

  4. Vespidae Varius--Recent Variations in the Hornet Family, Paul Jackson, Air International, December 1993, p. 301