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The U.S. State Department approved a possible sale of up to 12 F-35B fighter jets to Singapore for an estimated $2.75 billion.

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said in a statement released on Thursday that it delivered the required certification notifying Congress of the potential sale.

Singapore made the request last year to purchase F-35 jets as it looks to augment its operational aircraft inventory, replacing its aging F-16 fleet.

Emphasizing the importance of Singapore as a “strategic friend,” major security cooperation partner and “important” force for political stability and economic progress in the Asia Pacific region, the

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