The Jakarta Post
July 9, p4
Indonesian Air Force chief of staff Marshal Agus Supriatna said that he had commissioned a study that would recommend the replacement of Hercules aircraft with new transport aircraft.
'We have conducted a study to replace Hercules aircraft with new ones that we can buy from either France, the US, or Russia, but it depends on the government,' Agus said at the Cilangkap Air Force headquarters in East Jakarta on Tuesday.
Ever since the Megawati era until today, we have yet to have a full-fledged Sukhoi squadron. After the recent incident, why not have another look into the operational standards and protocols to prevent such mishaps happening again.
No point buying new planes if you think new equals no accidents.
Just look at Singapore's Air Force, their non-fighter equipment is mostly second-hand equipment and is at least 30 years old. Their transport helicopter squadrons are using old air frames.
Yet, there is yet to be any hull-loss incidents caused by poor maintenance or training.
C17s are jets. It's an entire set of logistics capability that you have to develop. In the current state of the Air Force (and funding), I feel being prudent with operational capabilities is the better path for now.
Just make sure the factory loads the correct software on the A400M before they deliver it ' not like the one that was supposed to go to Turkey. The Hercules may be old but they are tough. They just need to be maintained properly.
If Indonesia had the money to start with they would have new ones by now. That's why they are 50 years old already. The truth is money is going into some pockets before it goes where it should be going.
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