Air Force To Buy More F-16s, Not Sukhoi Jets: Indonesia
12:00 AM, August 9, 2012
Indonesia will no longer procure any new Sukhoi fighter jets from Russia, opting instead for the American manufactured F-16 aircraft. Currently, the Indonesian Air Force operates 10 Su-30 jets and is expecting six Su-27s aircraft to be delivered in the next two years. Indonesia also has plans to refurbish the existing fleet of 15 Lockheed Martin C-130s and will buy four C-130Hs from Australia. Air Marshal Eris Herryanto, secretary general of the Indonesian Defense Ministry, said, “We are waiting for 24 F-16s from the USA. With those, we will have enough aircraft in our fighter inventory for the next 20 years. And that means we have enough Sukhoi fighters for now," he said. Indonesia has also invested in South Korea's K-FX program, which will produce fighters to replace aircraft like the F-5s and F-16s from Northrop Grumman, he added. “We aim to buy enough K-FX fighters for three squadrons of 16-22 aircraft each. That will cover our long-term requirements".
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