Next week’s Indo-defence show in Jakarta will open a new fighter aircraft procurement contest, one between Saab Gripen, Eurofighter Typhoon and Rosoboronexport Su-35 for the Indonesian Air Force’s F-5 replacement program.
From what was considered a done deal in favour of the Russian Su-35, the Indonesian military has opened up the fighter procurement to a three-way contest. The Su-35 was close to a deal till the second quarter of this year but price and transfer of technology (TOT) for local production were believed to be sticking points which made Indonesia invite two more contenders to give their offers.
The government of President Jokowi has made it a policy to buy defence equipment only if there is transfer of technology and joint production. A Russian source had told defenseworld.net during the Singapore Air Show earlier this year that the Indonesian potential order for 8-12 planes was too small for joint production and TOT.
Saab is preparing a high visibility campaign at the 2016 Indo-Defence show with a cockpit simulator of its Gripen aircraft on display in Jakarta next week. Saab campaign director Magnus Hagman told journalists in Jakarta on earlier this week that the Gripen simulator will be featured at the company's booth.
Magnus was quoted by the Jakarta Post newspaper as claiming that the Gripen's operational costs amount to just $4,700 per hour, which is 10 times cheaper than for the Sukhoi SU-35.
Saab has offered local production of the Gripen and training for Indonesian aeronautics firms in integrating the fighter, which hopefully will ensure national competence in supporting the Indonesian Fighter Experiment (IF-X) program. Indonesia is developing its own fighter jet by obtaining technology and prototypes from South Korea but lacks competence in executing such a major project on its own. This where Saab’s expertise could help Jakarta.
Though a single engine plane and the smallest of the three contenders, the Gripen fighter jet integrated with RBS 15 air-to-surface missiles for land and sea targets, is expected to come with an AESA radar which will give it similar punch as the twin-engine planes.
Indonesia plans to buy eight Su-35 multirole air superiority fighter jets from Russia and is discussing the transfer of technology from the Russian side, Indonesian ambassador to Russia Mohamad Wahid Supriyadi was quoted as saying by the Russian Media in June. The main part of the negotiations is complete and talks have now entered their final stage, with the sides discussing the matter of transferring technology from Russia to the Indonesia, Supriyadi has said.
However, it now appears that subsequent events have emboldened rival manufacturers to place their offers before the Russian MoD.
Indonesia receiving a proposal from Saab for the Gripen fighter plane and its investment in the KF-X program hints at a delay or reconsideration in the procurement of Su-35 aircraft from Russia. Last month, Saab submitted a proposal to Indonesian authorities to supply its JAS 39 Gripen multirole fighter aircraft to meet the air combat requirements of the Indonesian Air Force (TNI-AU)
Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines should establish a joint military post to ease the mechanism of coordination, information sharing and intelligence cooperation, Indonesian Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu said. Ryacudu during at a meeting with his counterparts from Malaysia and the Philippines in Nusa Dua in Bali said that, the importance of issuing a joint declaration on the implementation of the maritime security maintenance cooperation
One Indonesian Su-30MK2 has arrived at the Sultan Hasanuddin airbase after undergoing overhaul in Belarus. The aircraft was transported to Indonesian airbase Thursday by Antonov AH-124-100 aircraft,
Indonesias proposed purchase of Sukhoi Su-35 warplanes would complete the countrys fleet of warplanes to defend the territorial integrity of Indonesia,
Indonesia plans to purchase some Airbus A400M military transport aircraft and eight Su-35 fighter jets. "I have a plan to buy A400s from Europe
Indonesia will sign a deal for the procurement of eight 4.5 generation Sukhoi Su-35 during the Russian-ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) summit in Moscow in the third week of this month
Russia is believed to have supplied the first batch of four Su-35 fighters to China. According to a Russian web resource,
Saab has signed a contract with RIOgaleão concessionaire, which manages Tom Jobim International Airport in Rio de Janeiro, to supply a common-use surface surveillance platform. The system increases the efficiency of aircraft operations on the ground and contributes to reduced flight delays
Saab has received an order from the Swedish Defence Material Administration (FMV) for an advanced helmet mounted display (HMD) system, ‘Targo. The new system will be used for the Swedish Air Forces Gripen E fighter aircraft
Saab group in collaboration with Kalyani Strategic Systems (KSSL) are set for a $2 billion contract for Indian Army's Surface to air missile (SRSAM) project. The joint venture between Saab and KSSL was announced in February but it is not yet confirmed
Russian arms exporter Rosoboronexport will be exhibiting its Kalibr-PLE (Club-S) and Kalibr-NKE (Club-N) submarine and surface vessel-launched cruise missiles at the Indo-Defence 2016 show in Jakarta later this week. The missiles were successfully used in the Syrian conflict travelling over 1500 kms to strike anti-regime forces and Islamic State targets near the city of Alleppo
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