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Jakarta Post

RI gets three new Sukhoi, vows to strengthen capacity

  • Andi Hajramurni


MAKASSAR   /   Tue, February 3 2009   /  10:19 am

From Russia with love: Indonesian Air Force officers examine one of three new Sukhoi SU-30 jet fighter planes purchased from Russia at a ceremony in Makassar, South Sulawesi, on Monday. Indonesia now has a total of seven Sukhoi fighters based in Makassar so they can oversee the vast western section of the country. JP/ANDI HAJRAMURNI
Indonesia received three new Sukhoi jet fighters from Russia on Monday in a bid to strengthen aerial defense following a seriesĀ  of deadly accidents caused by outdated military aircraft. With the additional three jets, Indonesia now has 7 Sukhoi model fighters, all of which were purchased from Russia through a credit scheme. Defense Ministry secretary general Lt. Gen. Sjafrie Syamsuddin represented the Indonesian government at a ceremony welcoming the jet fighters at the Sultan Hasanuddin Air Force base in Makassar, South Sulawesi. ...