Indonesia plans to buy a squadron of 18-20 Su-35 aircraft from Russia in a bid to replace its aging F-5 Tiger squadron, Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu said.
"We need a squadron of the jets, but for the first phase it will be 10 jets," Indonesia's Defense Minister Ryamiard Ryacudu was quoted as saying by Jakarta Globe news daily.
"Ryamizard plans to attend the 13th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-Russia senior officials meeting in Moscow on April 4th and 5th, and sought to sign the agreement in the sidelines of the meeting," the newspaper reported. "Indonesia has increased defense spending over the past three years in an attempt to regenerate its aging military arsenal".
Indonesia’s Armed Forces currently use Sukhoi Su-27 and Su-30 fighters. Sukhoi Su-35 fighters will replace the U.S. F-5 Tiger, which the Indonesian Armed Forces have been exploiting since 1980.