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RI-manufactured bomb detonation test successful

  • Wahyoe Boediwardhana

    The Jakarta Post

Surabaya, East Java   /   Mon, December 18, 2017   /   10:21 am
RI-manufactured bomb detonation test successful All set: Air Commander Samsul Rizal (left), the commander of Iswahjudi Air Force Base in Madiun, East Java, accompanied by weapon manufacturer Sari Bahari president director Ricky Hendrik Egam (second right), looks at a P-250 Live bomb ahead of a bomb test at the Air Force Base on Dec.15. (JP/Wahyoe Boediwardhana)

A Sukhoi fighter jet belonging to the Indonesian Air Force has successful tested locally manufactured P-250 Live bombs.

Four bombs weighing 250 kilograms each were successfully dropped on targeted points at the Pandanwangi air weapon range (AWR) in Lumajang regency, East Java, on Friday.

It is hoped the successful testing of bombs jointly developed by the Air Force’s research and development agency (Dislitbang) and weapon manufacturer Sari Bahari will make Indonesia more independent in supplying its strategic primary weaponry defense system (Alutsista).

“The bombs are produced purely by the nation’s children. This achievement can be used to fulfil the weaponry system needs for Sukhoi aircraft owned by the Air Force,” said Air Commander Samsul Rizal, the commander of Iswahjudi Air Force Base in Madiun, East Java, to journalists in Magetan.

Two Sukhoi 30MK aircraft flew in three drives and in each drive, each aircraft carried two bombs weighing 0.25 tons each.

Sari Bahari president director Ricky Hendrik Egam said the P-250 bombs had been integrated with Sukhoi’s computerized system so that when they were dropped from a height level of 2,000 meters, they would fall precisely on the targeted points.

“The bombs fell on their targets with excellent trajectory and accuracy. All bombs exploded inside the circular error probable (CEP). One bomb even fell on the bullseye,” he said, adding that the locally manufactured Sukhoi bombs were of high quality.

Ricky said Sari Bahari could produce around 250-300 units of P-250 Live bombs per month. (ebf)

Getting prepared: A technician at Iswahjudi Air Force Base in Madiun, East Java, checks a P-250 Live bomb ahead of a bomb test at the Air Force Base on Dec.15. Getting prepared: A technician at Iswahjudi Air Force Base in Madiun, East Java, checks a P-250 Live bomb ahead of a bomb test at the Air Force Base on Dec.15. (JP/Wahyoe Boediwardhana)