Greetings from sunny Singapore, where the Flight Daily News team is in place to cover Asia’s largest air show.
Kicking off on 11 February, the event has pulled in a decent array of military aircraft, particularly from the host nation and the US services. For the latter, that means debut appearances here for the MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor and the P-8 maritime patrol platform.
I’m not certain that we’re going to see any significant defence orders here, with perhaps the best hope being that some development could happen with Singapore choosing a new tanker; the options on the table are the Airbus A330 MRTT and Boeing’s in-development KC-46A. While most people seem to think that the former type is in the driving seat, neither company is discussing the issue: it’s best to leave such matters to MINDEF.
Other hot topics include a likely war of words over who would be the best choice to upgrade the home air force’s F-16s, and no doubt a few commercial airliners will be sold. And in new and interesting terms, IAI has pulled the covers from its “Super Heron HF”: looks like a Heron, but uses a heavy-fuel engine and sports new winglets. Nice.
For those who get to have more fun at shows, there are several aerobatic display teams in action too, including Singapore’s own F-16-equipped Black Knights (MINDEF-sourced image below), plus others from Indonesia and South Korea.