Last year, according to the authoritative military analysis publication IHS Jane's Defense Weekly, Singapore added 16 new F-15s to its existing fleet of 24, giving it a total of 40 top-ranked US-built fighter jets among a list that also includes F-16s, A4 Skyhawks and other craft. One report has the island republic eventually buying as many as 100 F-35B Lightnings, a controversial short-takeoff fifth-generation supersonic stealth fighter being developed by the US, although the country ’s military leaders say they are more interested for the moment in upgrading its F16s.

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