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August 25, 2007
Washington may sell precision bombs to Singapore


The U.S. Defense Department said Friday it was tentatively planning to sell Singapore up to 84 precision-guided bombs for its F-15 fighter fleet as part of a military package deal valued at up to $200 million.

Singapore has requested up to 28 Guided Bomb Unit-10 and 56 GBU-12 precision-guided munitions along with 126,000 20mm practice round cartridges, crew training in the United States and related items, the department told Congress.

"Singapore needs these munitions to support its F-15 aircraft," the Pentagon's Defense Security Cooperation Agency said in a notice required by law for a potential arms sale.

It said the bombs would give Singapore, a staunch supporter of the U.S. military presence in the Asia-Pacific region, "a credible defense capability while avoiding the collateral damage associated with conventional gravity munitions."

Gravity munitions are unguided bombs. The laser-guided GBU-10 and GBU-12 are produced by Lockheed Martin Corp. and Raytheon Co. Reuters reports

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