Indonesia is still committed to a 2018 deal over the purchase of Russian-made Su-35 fighter jets, said Mohamad Wahid Supriyadi, ambassador of Indonesia to Moscow.
Supriyadi said his country "will not walk away from the deal" when asked in an interview by a Russian publication on July 24 whether his country had given in to pressure from the US to abandon the purchase. The contract valued $1.1 billion included delivery of 11 Su-35 fighters.
“It is still going on. Being an independent country, Indonesia has the right to purchase defense equipment from whoever it chooses,” the official added.
A few days ago, Indonesian defense minister wrote to his Austrian counterpart Klaudia Tanner offering to buy their used Eurofighter jets, and received a lot of flak for it in return.
In terms of infrastructure, maintenance, parts and equipment, Indonesia was far better prepared to buy Sukhoi-35. House Commission member Willy Aditya added that the purchase of similar fighters from different manufacturers was considered inefficient and had the potential to inflate the budget. "If you buy a different one, then other expenses for repairs, maintenance, spare parts, and so on will be different. The impact will also be related to the state budget later," he noted.
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