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Indonesia noncommittal on Osprey purchase

  • Marchio Irfan Gorbiano

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Tue, July 14 2020   /  01:00 am
This handout image released courtesy of the US Department of Defense (DOD) shows airmen from the U.S. Air Force's Crisis Response Group board a Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey from the Navy's USS Bataan at Homestead Air Reserve Base, Florida, on September 4, 2019, in support of Foreign Disaster Relief efforts in The Bahamas The death toll from Hurricane Dorian rose to 20 on Wednesday, Bahamian Minister of Health Duane Sands said, quoted by local and US media, as rescuers plucked victims from the wreckage.(Agence France Presse/Technical Sgt. Lionel Castellano / DoD / AFP)

Amid orders from President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to the Defense Ministry to procure weapons from local arms manufacturers, the United States government has announced the possible sale of Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft worth US$2 billion to the Indonesian Military (TNI). The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), an agency under the US Department of Defense, announced the possible sale of eight Osprey aircraft to Indonesia in a July 6 statement, saying that Indonesia could receive eight MV-22 Block C Osprey aircraft and related equipment, including navigation systems and technical support services, among other products. If approved, it will be the second time Indonesia has purchased US aircraft under the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) framework, following a 2013 deal in which Indonesia paid $500 million for eight new Apache AH-64E attack helicopters and Longbow radars. Un...