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S'pore, US affirm strong bilateral defence ties

Singapore and the United States have affirmed their strong bilateral defence technology relationship on Tuesday.

SINGAPORE: Singapore and the United States have affirmed their strong bilateral defence technology relationship on Tuesday.

A Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) statement said the relationship has enabled Singapore's air force to steadily build up its combat capabilities.

On Tuesday, Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen met US Undersecretary of Defence for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Frank Kendall.

Mr Kendall had called on Dr Ng at Changi Exhibition Centre in conjunction with Singapore Airshow 2014.

The statement said Mr Kendall's visit underscores the excellent and long-standing bilateral defence relationship between Singapore and the US.

Mr Kendall's delegation includes some 40 senior US defence officials.

Three solo aerobatics teams from the US will also be performing at the airshow.

Dr Ng also met Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister General Tea Banh, and French Secretary-General for Defence and National Security Francis Delon on Tuesday.

On Monday, he met Omani Minister Responsible for Defence Affairs Sayyid Badr Bin Saud Al Busaidi at the ministry.

Second Defence Minister Chan Chun Sing also met a number of visiting leaders at the Changi Exhibition Centre.

They include Australia's Chief of Air Force Air Marshal Geoff Brown, Indian Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, Italian Undersecretary of State for Defence Roberta Pinotti, Chief of Staff of Japan's Air Self Defence Force General Harukazu Saitoh, South Korea's Air Force Chief of Staff General Sung Il-hwan, and Sri Lankan Secretary of Defence Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

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