Indonesian Air Force will be replenished with F-15EX and Rafale fighters. This was stated by the Chief of Staff of the Indonesian Air Force, Air Marshal Fajar Praseto, reported by KOMPAS.com.
Speaking at the annual meeting of the country's Air Force, Piglet stated, that between 2021 by 2024 year will be purchased 36 French Rafale fighters and eight American F-15EX. Besides, Indonesian Air Force will replenish Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules military transport aircraft and long-range medium-altitude attack drones.
According to the marshal, the first six American F-15EX should arrive in the country by 2022 year.
celebrated, that Jakarta had been negotiating the purchase of a batch of French fighters throughout the past year. Last fall, Air Force Chief of Staff, Air Marshal Yuyu Sutisna, announced plans for the country's Air Force to purchase two F-16 squadrons of the latest modification, however, the contract for these aircraft was never signed, but there was information about the batch of F-15EX.
In the same time “hovered” contract for the purchase of Russian Su-35 fighters. Recall, that the contract for the acquisition by Indonesia 11 Su-35 fighters was signed 14 February 2018 years in Jakarta, however, was never finalized despite numerous statements from Jakarta.
Last November, Indonesian Ambassador to the United States Muhammad Lutfi said, that Washington will not sell fifth generation F-35 fighters to Indonesia, until Jakarta purchases fourth-generation American fighters.