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Air Force to purchase 16 Super Tucano fighters

Jakarta   /   Sun, January 24 2010   /  12:30 pm

The Indonesian Air Force plans to purchase a squadron of 16 warplanes widely known as Super Tucanoes to replace the OV-10 Bronco aircraft, which have been in service for more than three decades, says Air Force Chief Marshal Imam Sufaat. "The purchase is part of our effort to improve the Air Force's weaponry system. We have proposed the purchase to the government with the hope that they will grant the funds," he said in Yogyakarta on Saturday. Imam was in Yogyakarta to witness the job transfer of the Air Force Academy governor from Rear Marshal BS Silaen to his successor Air Commodore Sru Artjarjo. Imam declined to reveal the price of the Brazilian light attack and observation jet planes or when the deal would be made but said the warplanes were the suitable and affordable choice to replace the turboprop-driven aircraft. He further said three more Sukhoi fighter jets, ...