Block 72 for Indonesia

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Unread post29 Oct 2019, 23:39

Jakarta: The Indonesian Air Force (TNI AU) plans to acquire in stages two squadrons of F-16 Block 72 Viper fighter jets from Lockheed Martin until 2024.

"God Willing, we will buy two squadrons in the next strategic plan 2020-2024. We will purchase the newest type of Block 72 Viper," Air Force Chief of Staff Marshal Yuyu Sutisna stated at the Roesmin Nurjadin Airbase in Pekanbaru, the capital of Riau Province, on Monday, October 28, 2019

The Air Force leader noted that Indonesia currently relies on F-16, the highly preferred fighter jets in the world. In total, the country has 33 F-16 Fighting Falcons that have, until now, been one of the main weaponry of the Air Force. The fighter jets are stationed at squadron 16 of the Roesmin Nurjadin Airbase in Pekanbaru, Riau Province, and squadron 3 of Iswahjudi Airbase in Madiun, East Java.

According to him, Indonesia will continue to rely on F-16s by purchasing Block 72 Viper to safeguard the Indonesian air space.

"It (the proposal for the purchase of F-16 Block 72 Viper) is expected to be processed as of January 1, 2020, so they (F-16 Block 72 Viper) will increase our strength. If we have them, we will be among those having sophisticated F-16s," he stated.

The air force chief of staff pointed to the presence of over three thousand F-16s worldwide. The use of the US-made fighter jets has contributed success to military operations. F-16 Block 72 Viper is the newest version of F-16 and the most sophisticated version that Lockheed Martin has ever produced. ... eed-martin

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Unread post30 Oct 2019, 10:25

What happened of their Su.35 purchase?


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Unread post30 Oct 2019, 17:21

Complicated. Trying to find a workaround caatsa.
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Unread post07 Nov 2019, 19:07

The Indonesian Air Force is planning to procure two squadrons of Lockheed Martin's F-16V (Viper) Block 70/72 Fighting Falcon multirole combat aircraft. The procurement is planned to coincide with the third and final phase of the TNI-AU's modernization program called Minimum Essential Force (MEF). The program runs from 2020 until 2024. During this phase, the TNI-AU also plans to finalize its planned procurement of Sukhoi Su-35 fighter aircraft from Russia. The Indonesian Air Force currently operates some 36 older-variant F-16s, including 24 F-16C/D Block 25s transferred to Indonesia as Excess Defense Articles after first undergoing an upgrade to Block 52 status under a $670 million US government-to-government Foreign Military Sales agreement. This sale included six additional F-16s that are used solely for spare parts.
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