Singapore may buy Russian Igla-S missile systems

Singapore is considering a purchase of Russian-designed 9K338 Igla-S manportable surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems, according to a senior official of the Russian defence organisation KB Mashinostroyenia (KBM).

In comments reported by state-run news agency ITAR-TASS on 23 April, KBM chief designer Georgy Vasiliev said the agency had “long-standing ties” with Singapore, and that the country was “going to negotiate the possibility of acquiring” the SAM system.

Contacted by IHS Jane’s , the Singapore Ministry of Defence did not confirm the potential purchase.

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The KBM-Singapore relations noted by Vasiliev is a reference to the defence organisation’s previous sale to the Singapore Army of an earlier version of the Igla SAM system.

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