The Singapore air show remains one of the most important events on the calendar for Israel’s aerospace and defence industry. The island state has been a major customer of Israeli equipment since Israeli Defence Force (IDF) officers helped establish Singapore’s military after independence in 1965. The nations have many similarities – they are small, with populations under 10 million; young, coming into being as independent states within 17 years of each other; and they have the most developed economies in their region. Both countries are also surrounded by previously or potentially antagonistic neighbours, some of which harbour groups or individuals that pose a terrorist threat to their populations. While other Asia-Pacific countries – particularly India – have become increasingly important buyers of Israeli military products, the partnership with Singapore remains highly symbolic, and Israeli companies will have a major presence at Changi.
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