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Singapore Puts Off Decision on Whether to Buy Lockheed’s F-35

  • Government was considering up to 12 F-35B model fighters
  • Foreign military sales request was made to U.S. in late 2014
A man takes a photograph of a Lockheed Martin Corp. F-35 Lightning II fighter jet at the Singapore Airshow.

A man takes a photograph of a Lockheed Martin Corp. F-35 Lightning II fighter jet at the Singapore Airshow.

Photographer: Brent Lewin/Bloomberg

Singapore has put on hold a decision to buy as many as 12 of Lockheed Martin Corp.’s F-35 jets, according to information from the Pentagon’s program office.

The island nation’s permanent secretary of defense development informed the U.S. in mid-June that it was delaying final steps toward purchasing four of the fighters by about 2022, with an option to buy eight more, according to the information presented to Pentagon officials last month as part of their regular reviews of the costliest weapons program.