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Unread post18 Mar 2020, 17:56

Indonesia points to F-35 ambitions

Jon Grevatt, Bangkok - Jane's Defence Industry
17 March 2020

Indonesia's Deputy Defence Minister Sakti Wahyu Trenggono has indicated that Jakarta may look to Lockheed Martin's F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter to meet the next-generation combat requirements of the Indonesian Air Force (Tentara Nasional Indonesia-Angkatan Udara: TNI-AU).

In comments to the news channel CNN Indonesia on 18 March Trenggono said that Indonesia had not terminated the TNI-AU's planned acquisition of Sukhoi Su-35 'Flanker-E' multirole combat aircraft from Russia even if that procurement programme faced challenges. "We can't buy [the Su-35s] yet because there are some obstacles," he said, without elaborating.

Given these obstacles, Trenggono said Indonesia is now also considering a bid for the F-35 through a government-to-government arrangement with the United States. ... -ambitions


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Unread post19 Mar 2020, 01:47

There is only 1 obstacle i.e. CAATSA. Behind the scenes, the Indonesians are trying to see if buying more F-16s will provide a CAATSA waiver. There will be reservations highlighted by neighbors e.g. Australia to any F-35 buy. This would be one country where the F-15EX might be a viable alternative for the longer term. The low oil and commodities prices would dampen finances in the shorter term.

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