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Jakarta Post

Govt plans to buy more Sukhoi jet fighters

  • Dicky Christanto

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, September 28 2010   /  09:36 am

The government will in the near future purchase at least six more Russian-built Sukhoi jet fighters to form a complete fighter squadron, the defense minister says.

“Our strategic plan for the 2010-2014 period is to buy more Sukhoi fighters so that we could have a squadron of them,” Defense Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro told reporters after the handing over ceremony of three Sukhoi SU-27 SKM fighters from Russia in Makassar, South Sulawesi, on Monday.

Purnomo said he was upbeat the plan would materialize soon given the country’s robust economy.

“Our state budget has reached more than Rp 1,000 trillion and our GDP is about five times that. I believe we will be able to complete our Sukhoi squadron.”

Alexander Ivanov, the Russian Ambassador to Indonesia said his government was more than ready to provide assistance to Indonesia to complete the existing ...