We knew it, discussions are progressing quickly and well between Paris and Jakarta on the acquisition of a large number of Rafale aircraft, with the aim of rapidly modernizing and strengthening Indonesian air power in the face of growing tensions in the Indo-Pacific region. We now know a little more about the priorities of the Indonesian Air Force, but also about the timetable it aims for its application.
Indeed, according to statements made by the Chief of Staff of the Indonesian Air Force, Air Marshal Fajar Prasetyo, during a meeting that took place at the Air Force headquarters on Thursday, February 18, the latter intends to formalize this year the order for 36 Rafale from France, but also 8 F-15EX heavy fighters from the American Boeing, 6 of them to be delivered in 2022. In addition, the Indonesian Air Force will order 2 C-130J tanker planes from Lokcheed-Martin, as well as MALE Medium Altitude Long Endurance drones, a tool that we understand is essential for monitoring the immense Indonesian archipelago.
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