Defense minister Ehud Barak pointing 311.
(photo credit: Ariel Harmoni/Defense Ministry)
Defense Minister Ehud Barak was in Singapore on Monday to attend the annual air
show and in a bid to help Israeli defense companies secure
Israel is competing for a number of tenders in Singapore
including ones for anti-submarine warfare systems, aerial refueling tankers and
fixed-wing aircraft, According to a report in Aviation Week.
years, a number of reports on the ties between Israel and Singapore have emerged
including the revelation that the IDF helped Singapore establish its military in
Singapore’s founding father, Lee Kuan Yew, insisted that the
ties remain secret so as not to not provoke the country’s Muslim neighbors,
according to media reports.
Singapore is reportedly one of Israel’s top
customers and even helps fund various projects like the Iron Dome counter-rocket
system that it has also already reportedly received.
Barak is joined in
Singapore by Defense Ministry directorgeneral Udi Shani and Shmaya Avieli,
director of the ministry’s Defense Export and Cooperation Agency known by its
Hebrew acronym – SIBAT.
On past trips, Barak was accompanied to Singapore
by his wife, Nili Priel. Barak arrived on Sunday but his presence there was kept
under wraps until Monday due to security considerations.
Barak and Shani
are expected to hold talks with South Korean and Italian officials on the
sidelines of the air show ahead of the two men’s final decision on the Israel
Air Force advanced combat trainer tender.
Korea has offered Korean
Aerospace Industries’ T-50 Golden Eagle, which is competing against Italy’s
Alenia Aermacchi M- 346 Master. Korea’s proposal is believed to include
more than $1.5 billion in industrial cooperation for Israeli defense contractors
if its plane is selected. A number of leading Israeli defense firms will
display their wares at the show including Israel Aerospace Industries, Rafael
Advanced Defense Systems and Elbit Systems.