Indonesia cleared to acquire 36 US Boeing F-15EXs

In terms of exporting military equipment, the United States favors the use of Foreign Military Sales, or FMS, a body allowing customers of the US arms industry to benefit from the prices and contractual frameworks of the American armies. , rather than having to negotiate all of these aspects for each contract. As in most countries, arms exports are also conditioned by government authorization from the State Department and Congress, most often also passing through the FMS. It is within this framework that Indonesia has just been authorized to acquire up to 36 Boeing F-15EX heavy fighters as well as an exhaustive set of parts,…

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With the 42 Indonesian Rafales, the Dassault fighter equals the exports of the Mirage 2000

"Too complex, too expensive, unsaleable", this is how Hervé Morin, then Nicolas Sarkozy's Minister of Defense, explained the poor sale of the Rafale on the international scene in the early 2010s. Today, however, with a new contract for the acquisition of 42 aircraft to be delivered from 2025 for the Indonesian Air Force, the French aeronautical flagship has reached a total of 284 export orders to 7 international customers, equaling in volume the exports of its predecessor, the Mirage 2000, 285 exported to 8 countries. This new contract, estimated at €7 billion, allows Team Rafale to confirm the exceptional results recorded…

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Florence Parly in Indonesia to negotiate the sale of Rafale and Scorpene submarines?

Since this morning, the French Minister for the Armed Forces has been in Jakarta, Indonesia on a 2-day trip which is of strategic importance for France and its defense industry. For two years now, negotiations have been under way between Paris and Jakarta on the acquisition of Rafale fighters for the Indonesian air force, and Scorpene submarines for the country's navy, in a vast effort to modernize the armed forces having resulted, in recent months, in the order of 6 FREMM frigates from the Italian fincantieri and two Arrowhead 140 frigates being built locally from the British company Babcock. The…

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Indonesia to build 2 British Arrowhead 140 frigates

Indonesia has embarked on a major effort to modernize its land, air and naval forces in the coming years, with a rapidly growing army budget. This is how, last June, Jakarta announced to everyone's surprise an order for 6 FREMM frigates of the Bergamini class from the Italian Fincantieri, as well as the progress of negotiations with a view to acquiring 36 Rafale combat aircraft. with France. On the occasion of the DSEI 2021 exhibition, which is being held in London in mid-September, the Indonesian Minister of Defense, Prabowo Subianto, signed with the British Secretary of Defense Ben Wallace, an agreement…

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The Rafale close to landing in Indonesia

The year had already started very well for the French Rafale combat aircraft, with orders for 18 aircraft for Greece and 30 new aircraft for Egypt. It could well become exceptional in the next few weeks. Indeed, the French aircraft is well positioned in several competitions: Croatia, for which France offers 12 second-hand aircraft against the American F16V and the Swedish Gripen, like Switzerland, whose call for tenders covers around forty of aircraft for which the French Rafale is opposed to the European Typhoon, as well as the American Super Hornets and F35A, must both announce their arbitrations in the…

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Is South Korea's New KF-21 Boramae a Successful Joint Strike Fighter?

Only twelve years after having carried out the first risk analysis, and less than two years after having begun its assembly, the first prototype of the South Korean KF-21 combat aircraft program, previously designated KFX program and officially baptized Bomamae (falcon ) during this ceremony, was officially presented this Friday in Seoul in front of a delegation of more than 250 South Korean and foreign officials. It must be said that everything in this program is exceptional, so far at least. While only 30 years ago, the South Korean aeronautical industry was still barely in its infancy, it has managed the feat of developing in just over…

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Indonesia wants to build an air force of 170 fighters in the coming years

In recent months, Indonesia's acquisition and communication strategy for defense programs has been perceived as chaotic to say the least. Indeed, the country, which today has a strong fleet of around fifteen Russian Su-27 and Su-30 fighters, around thirty American F-16s and around forty FA- 50 South Koreans and British Hawks, has engaged in all-out negotiations to modernize the latter: here 11 Su-35s with Moscow, there 15 second-hand Eurofighter Typhoons with Austria, F16s or F35s with the United States, and recently 36 or 48 Rafale with France. These announcements were...

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Indonesia is close to an order for 48 French Rafales

The modernization of the Indonesian Air Force is a complex issue, rich in twists and turns. While Washington has just refused the sale of F35A to Jakarta, offering it instead the latest version of the F16, the Block 70 Viper, the Indonesian authorities have turned to Vienna to negotiate the purchase of the Eurofighter Typhoon block fleet 1 Austrian, which the country is in a hurry to get rid of. At the same time, Moscow hoped that the order for 13 Su-35s could be put back in the saddle, after being halted in 2018 by Jakarta over fears of being subject to American sanctions within the framework of…

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Austria ready to sell Eurofighter Typhoon to Indonesia

During his visit to Europe, the Indonesian Defense Minister, Prabowo Subianto, announced that he had offered Austria the purchase of its 15 second-hand Eurofighter Typhoon planes, in order to strengthen and modernize the Indonesian air force. The information caused a stir, but in the absence of an official response from Vienna, and especially following a "denial" from President Joko Widodo who had indicated that for the time being, the country remained in negotiation with Moscow about the acquisition of 12 Su-35, it quickly lost interest. However, it seems that the Austrian authorities are determined to…

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Thales and MBDA chosen to modernize the Indonesian light frigate KRI Usman-Harun

With a defense budget having increased by 16% in 2020, the Indonesian armies have increased resources to modernize their equipment, in the context of growing tensions with China under the guise of territorial claims in the South China Sea. In addition to the air forces negotiating to acquire new combat aircraft, the Indonesian Navy is also accelerating its modernization schedule for its buildings. In this case, the Indonesian authorities announced this week that they had selected the company Thales and the European missile manufacturer MBDA to modernize the light frigate KRI Usman-Harun, one of the three units of the Bung-Tomo class. The modernization of the other two frigates, the…

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