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Jakarta Post

RI military delegation visits Boeing production center in Arizona

  • The Jakarta Post

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, August 22, 2013   /  05:13 pm

A delegation of top Indonesian Defense Ministry and Army officers visited the Boeing rotorcraft facility in Mesa, Arizona, recently to view the AH-64E Apache combat helicopter.

Several of the visitors, including Lt. Gen. Budiman, the secretary general for the Defense Ministry, and Gen. Moeldoko, chief of the Indonesian Army, flew the newest version of the Apache, which is in production at the Arizona rotorcraft facility. About 14 Indonesian Army officers were present.

Indonesia has expressed interest in buying at least eight AH-64E Apaches from the U.S. Army through a Foreign Military Sales agreement. Indonesia has submitted a Letter of Acceptance Request and has received approval from the U.S. government to purchase the AH-64E.

'€œThe Apache is expected to be a key part of Indonesia'€™s continuing efforts to improve its strategic defense capabilities,'€ a Boeing business development manager, Dave Brostrom, said in an official release.

'€œBoeing is honored to be considered as part of Indonesia'€™s defense modernization efforts.'€

The delegation was hosted by senior Boeing Apache leaders, including Dave Koopersmith, vice president of Attack Helicopter Programs; Dave Palm, director of Business Development for Vertical Lift and Mike Burke, director of Business Development for Attack Helicopters. The group toured the Apache production line and met with U.S. Army program officials.

Brostrom noted that the Indonesians also have expressed interest in the CH-47F Chinook, which is produced in Ridley Township, Pa.

The timeframe for a decision on the Apache request has not been announced.

A unit of The Boeing Company, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is one of the world's largest defense, space and security businesses specializing in innovative and capabilities-driven customer solutions, and the world'€™s largest and most versatile manufacturer of military aircraft.

Based in St. Louis, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is a US$33 billion business with 59,000 employees worldwide.