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Osprey in the archipelago: The deal of MV-22 to Indonesia

  • Shang-Su Wu

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Singapore   /   Tue, July 14, 2020   /  02:18 pm
Osprey in the archipelago: The deal of MV-22 to Indonesia Airmen from the United States Air Force's Crisis Response Group board a Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey from the Navy's USS Bataan at Homestead Air Reserve Base, Florida, on Sept. 4, 2019, in support of Foreign Disaster Relief efforts in The Bahamas. (Agence France Presse/Technical Sgt. Lionel Castellano / DoD / AFP)

The recently announced deal of eight MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft to Indonesia, the first in Southeast Asia, signifies an attempt to improve its airlift capability with certain challenges ahead. The Indonesian archipelago of more than 17,500 islands represents a significant demand for military airlift, especially for time-sensitive missions, such as disaster relief, search and rescue. Regarding the demand for airlift, the Indonesian armed forces have established certain capacities, and its indigenous aerial industry has become an important supplier for rotary and fixed-wing transport aircraft. However, there is a gap between fixed-winged and rotary airlift in terms of speed. The fixed-winged aircraft is faster than its rotary counterpart but airfields or at least a certain size of flat ground is indispensable. Although most models of transporter aircraft in the Indonesian servi...

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