Friday, March 1, 2013

Indonesia received another 2 Su-30MK2 from Russia

Another 2 dual-seat Su-30MK2 fighter aircraft arrived at the Sultan Hasanuddin Air Force Base in Makassar, Indonesia from Russia in an An-124-100 Ruslan transporrt aircraft.

The aircraft are the first out of a total order of 6 with the remaining 4 aircraft arriving in June and July this year. They will be assembled over the next 2 weeks by technicians from Komsomolsk-na Amure Aircraft Production Association (KNAAPO).

The engines are delivered separately, as are the weapons, which Indonesia has to purchase in a separate order due to budget contraints.

The addition of another 2 Su-30MK2 brings the number of Su-30MK2 in the Indonesian Air Force (TNI AU) to 6. There are 6 Su-27SMK single-seat fighter aircraft in service since 2003 to bring the total number of Flankers currently in service to 12.

Indonesia is currently undergoing a comprehensive modernization of its armed forces with the addition of new vessels, aircraft and missiles from a wide variety of countries all over the world.

For example, the TNI AU is expecting the delivery of 24 used F-16 C/D Block 25 from the United States, which will have to be modernized at Indonesia's expense. The existing 10 F-16 A/B Block 15 OCU in service will also be upgraded.

Last September, the Rockwell OV-10 Bronco were replaced in the TNI AU by the first 4 EMB-314 Super Tucano ground attack turboprop aircraft out of a total of 16 ordered from Brazil's Embraer.

Also on order are the T-50 Golden Eagle lead-in fighter trainer (LIFT) aircraft from the Korean Aerospace Industry, to replace the BAE Hawk Mk from the United Kingdom.

Indonesia is expecting 4 used C-130H Hercules transport aircraft from Australia and intends to order 6 new C-130 aircraft from the United States. Two out of 9 Airbus C-295 have been received and this type will be produced locally under license by PT Dirgantara Indonesia.

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