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03:38 PM, June 11, 2018
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Indonesian Air Force Su-30 fighter jet (Image: The Aviationist)

The Indonesian Air Force (TNI AU) plans to have eight squadrons of fighter jets by 2024, each having 16 fighter jets.

The ongoing 20-year plan to develop the TNI AU`s strength between 2005 and 2024 included the building up of eight squadrons of fighter jets, Air Force Chief of Staff, Marshal Yuyu Sutisna was quoted as saying by Antara news last Thursday.

The TNI AU would continue to develop and improve its strength, he said.

"Based on the plan for material strength, we expect to have eight squadrons of fighter jets. The squadrons will each have 16 fighter jets, with their preparedness averaging 80 per cent," he said.

The TNI AU would also build six squadrons of light, medium and heavy duty transport planes, each with 16 aircraft, Marshal Yuyu Sutisna said. These squadrons were aimed at supporting the mobility of troops and logistics in trouble spots, he added.

"When it comes to transport planes, the TNI AU will replace its C-1308s with IL-76/A-400/C-17, and has replaced F-27 Fokker/CN-235 with CN-295/C-27 Spartan," he said.

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