PETALING JAYA: Indonesia is getting 4 C-130 Hercules aircraft as a gift from Australia.
From The Australian.
“AUSTRALIA is handing over two refurbished C-130 Hercules aircraft to Indonesia, boosting Jakarta’s ability to patrol for asylum boats and assist in maritime emergencies.
The C-130H models are the first of four surplus Hercules planes to be given to the Indonesian Air Force in ready-to-fly condition, Defence Minister Stephen Smith said in Darwin.
The H-models are being phased out by Australia, but are still in service with the US Coast Guard for long-range maritime patrol and search and rescue.’
The Royal Australian Air Force retired its eight C-130H Hercules on June 30, 2012 to save costs. Apart from the J version and the C17s, the Aussies have also announced C27 Spartan transport aircraft as the replacement for the Caribou.
With the inclusion of the Hercules, some observers will undoubtedly say that the Indonesians are on an arms buying spree especially with the reported decision to purchase 100 Leopard 2A6 MBT from Germany.
The Jakarta Post/Asia News Network
Tuesday, Jul 03, 2012
INDONESIA – The Indonesian Army has decided to procure up to 100 refurbished Leopard 2A6 main battle tanks (MBT) worth US$280 million (S$355 million) from Germany and ruled out previous plan to buy similar tanks from the Netherlands, Deputy Defence Minister Lt. Gen. (ret) Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin said on Monday.
“We chose Germany because we can have certainties in terms of time of procurement and volume to meet our needs,” Sjafrie told a press conference at his office. “We have stopped the ongoing processes with the Netherlands to let us focus on the procurement from Germany.”
The government would use foreign loans for the procurement, he added.
The Dutch government previously had issues with its parliament in the procurement plan, mainly considering alleged rampant human rights abuses in Indonesia.”
Since the Aussies have four more Hercules available why dont we get them you might ask. Perhaps that is in the works but with 4 A400M coming on-line within 3 years time, I guess its not worth the effort.
– Malaysian Defence