A Russian delegation in Indonesia is holding talks on a contract for the supply of Sukhoi-35 fighter jets, a source in the system of Russia’s military-technical cooperation with other countries told TASS on Thursday.
"A Russian delegation in Indonesia is negotiating the terms of a contract for the supply of Sukhoi-35 jets with Indonesian partners," the source said.
According to earlier reports Jakarta would like to purchase ten multirole fighter jets Sukhoi-35 that would replace outdated F-5 Tiger planes of US manufacture, which the Indonesian military has used since 1980. Rostec corporation later said a commercial proposal for selling 11 planes was handed over to Indonesia.
Russia is expected to grant Indonesia a loan for the purchase of the military aircraft. The Indonesian defense ministry budgeted a total of $1.5 billion for the purchase of up to 16 new fighter jets. The defense minister neither revealed the price for the 11 Su-35s nor whether the contract contains an option to purchase five additional Su-35 fighter jets at a fixed price in the future.
Sukhoi-35 is a generation 4++ highly maneuverable multirole fighter jet equipped with on-board phased array radar and a thrust vector control (TVC) engine. It is capable of developing a speed of up to 2,500 kilometers per hour and has a range of flight of 3,400 kilometers (combat range of about 1,600 kilometers). The fighter is armed with a 30 mm gun and has twelve weapon stations for bombs and rockets.
Indonesias newly appointed Air Force Chief of staff Air Marshall Yuyu Sutisna has sworn to purchase Russias advanced Su-35 fighter jets at the earliest. Speaking after his inauguration at the State Palace on Wednesday, Yuyu told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday: "I want the Sukhoi [purchase contract] to be signed as soon as possible, hopefully this month"
The Indonesian National Defense Forces (TNI) chief has revealed details of the weapons and other equipment expected in the US$1.14 billion deal to purchase 11 Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jets from Russias arms exporter, Rosoboronexport
Indonesia has finalized the purchase of 11 Su-35 fighter jets with 85% offsets which includes 50% commodity exports to Russia and 35% in aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) of the $1.1 billion deal
Indonesia's Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu said on Thursday that the Russian-built Su-35S ‘Flanker-E multirole fighter jets ordered for the country's air force come with an entire weapons package. "They will be well-equipped with weapons because we have additional weapons on discount," Ryacudu, stated at the Presidential Palace was quoted as saying by Antara News
Indonesia and Russia have inked a contract to purchase 11 Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jets worth $1.14 billion last week, an official told Saturday
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