LONDON (Jul. 6)
Singapore, the Asian island state at the toe of the Malay Peninsula, is forming a tank regiment to be equipped with second-hand Israeli tanks made in France, the Financial Times reported. The newspaper said the choice of the French AMX tanks which Israel used for border patrols was influenced by some 20 Israeli instructors attached to Singapore’s armed forces. About 30 of 50 tanks purchased from Israel have arrived at Singapore.
They have been refitted for tropical service and may have been armed with 105-millimeter cannons and are capable of carrying guided missiles, the Financial Times reported.