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US Air Force delivers refurbished F-16s to Indonesia

March 25, 2017 (by Lieven Dewitte) - Four refurbished F-16 Fighting Falcons were delivered to Indonesia, the fifth of six "ferry cells" in a sale of 24 total aircraft.

USAF pilots assigned as Ferry Cell 5 prepare their Indonesian F-16s prior to departure on March 14th, 2017 from Hill AFB. [USAF photo by Alex R. Lloyd]

The program, managed by the F-16 International Branch Program Office located at Hill, is the result of a Foreign Military Sales deal to deliver 24 Block-25 variant F-16s to Indonesia by the end of this year.

The 3 F-16C (TS-1627, TS-1637, TS-1638 and 1 F-16D (TS-1622 block 52 aircraft departed from Hill AFB in Utah an arrived on Monday at Iswahjudi Airport, Mageta on Monday after a four-day transoceanic flight.

This marked the completion of another major milestone for F-16 Indonesia Regeneration Program "Peace Bima Sena II".

The F-16 aircraft involved were originally flown by the U.S. Air Force and Air National Guard units, but were de-commissioned and stored for several years at the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group open-air storage area located at Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz.

Each jet amassed approximately 5,000 training and combat hours before being de-commissioned.

In preparation for regeneration, each aircraft was carefully dismantled, prepared, and shipped in crates 800 miles north of Davis-Monthan to Hill AFB.

The Ogden ALC’s 573rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron is responsible for the restoration and began its work in 2013.

Ogden ALC officials said the effort has resulted in more than 17,000 direct labor hours on the production floor and in component maintenance shops, making this one of the most complex production efforts in the F-16 depot.

Each aircraft has received a myriad of new and upgraded components to include a new set of wings, horizontal stabilizers, and landing gear, along with numerous structural and avionics capability enhancements.

Each F-16 is subjected to a series of rigorous flight tests once the modifications are completed prior to delivering the jets to Indonesia.

The aircraft will strengthen the Air Squadron 3 at Iswahjudi air force base of Magetan and Air Squadron 16 at Roesmin Nurjadin air force base in Pekanbaru.

This latest ferry cell brings the total number of F-16s delivered to Indonesia to 18.

The final six aircraft are currently in various stages of regeneration and modification, and are scheduled to be delivered to the Indonesian Air Force later this year.

Additional images:

Ferry Cell 5 Flight Lead checks his flight documents prior to departure from Hill AFB. [USAF photo by Alex R. Lloyd]

Ground crews walk around the Indonesian F-16s to ensure everthing is looking good prior to departure. [USAF photo by Alex R. Lloyd]

TNI-AU F-16D block 25 #TS-1622 is taking off with full AB from Hill AFB on March 14th, 2017 for the delivery flight to Indonesia. [USAF photo]