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Indonesia to consider buying F-16 fighter planes from US

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17-02-2008

 

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The Indonesian Air Force will consider a US

government offer to sell multi-role Block 52 F-16 Fighting Falcon and heavy

transport 130-J Hercules planes to Indonesia, a spokesman said.

 

"We will consider buying the planes under our procurement plan for

2010-2014," Vice Air Marshal Soenaryo, chief of the Air Force`s Material

Maintenance Command, said here Friday.

 

Speaking after accompanying Air Force Chief of Staff Air Marshal Soebandrio

at a meeting with visiting US Under Secretary of the Air Force for

Internatinal Affairs Bruce S Lemkin, Soenaryo said the F-16 fighter planes

were needed to increase the Air Force`s capacity and deterrent capability as

many of its combat aircraft were approaching the end of their service time.

 

Also, procurment of F-16s would fit in with the Air Force`s plan to reduce

the variety of its aircraft to economize on maintenance and servicing costs

in the 2008-2019 period, he said.

 

The multi-role F-16 Fighting Falcons could replace the force`s F-5E Tiger

fighters which had been in service for almost 25 years.

 

"We will possibly build up an F-16 squadron gradually in the 2010-2014

budget years. The interest to acquire the aircraft must first be thoroughly

considered at Air Force Headquarters level with due account being taken of

the limited amount of state funds available. After approval has been

obtained at Air Force Headquarters level, we will submit the plan to the

Defense Ministry for acquisition," Soenaryo said.

 

Apart from discussing the US offer to supply F-16 aircraft, the Air Force

chief and Lemkin also agreed at their meeting to intensify cooperation

between the two countries` air forces in the fields of education, training

and spare parts supply.(*)

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Think they are already a member with older types.

 

GD couldnt even see it in 1990 about when they decided to sell to LM :doh:

 

 

Still i suppose hindsight is a great thing

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Think they are already a member with older types.

 

GD couldnt even see it in 1990 about when they decided to sell to LM :doh:

& then iirc didn't LM get outbid by Boeing to actually build a pile of them?

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