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Jakarta Post

Indonesia to get F-16 fighter planes from US

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Wed, February 16 2011   /  09:58 am

JAKARTA: The Indonesian military (TNI) has decided to accept an offer of two F-16A/B Fighting Falcon fighter planes from the United States, TNI Chief Marshall Agus Suhartono said Monday.He said the TNI had informed the Defense Ministry that they accepted the US’s offer, and were currently waiting for confirmation from the US.According to Agus, accepting the offer was far more practical than purchasing new planes.“The TNI had scheduled the procurement of six advanced F-16 fighter planes from the US by 2014. However, from a cost perspective, it would be more economical if we accepted the grant of two F-16s,” he said, as reported by Antara news agency.Agus said the two planes could be upgraded in the future to match the technology of the latest series of F-16s, the F-16 C/D Block 52.“We will upgrade the avionic systems, including the weaponry systems,” he said. — JP