SHAH ALAM: Keeping up with the Joneses… Rafales and F-15EX. The Indonesian government has decided to short list the Dassault Rafale and Boeing F-15EX fighter jets for its next fighter purchase, its air force chief said. The government has also decided not to complete the procurement of the Sukhoi Su-35 fighters, 11 of which were provisionally purchased in 2015.
Indonesian Air Force chief Marshal Fadjar Prasetyo told the local media in Jakarta on December 22 that the government was looking at the procurement of the Rafale and the F-15EX. “With a heavy heart, we must abandon the plan to purchase the Su-35s,” he was quoted as saying by the online version of the Kompas newspaper.
Kompas did not say why the Flanker deal was abandoned though it was likely that Indonesia did not want to be placed under sanctions for breaching the US CAATSA law.
Fadjar said the government was now looking to allocate the funding for the procurement of the French and US-made fighter jets. Meanwhile, state-owned news agency, Antara quoted Fadjar as saying that the number of fighters to be procured will be up to two or three squadrons, more than 30 aircraft.
Previous reports suggested that Indonesia was planning to buy 36 Rafales and eight F-15EX. Fadjar said he had met Boeing officials previously who told him that if Indonesia signed the deal for the F-15EX, the aircraft will be delivered in 2027.
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