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Indonesia offers to buy Austria’s Typhoon jet fighters

  • Novan Iman Santosa

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Tue, July 21 2020   /  01:00 am
This file photo taken on July 24, 2004 shows the Eurofighter Typhoon taking off on the first public day at the Farnborough Airshow, south west of London. British military equipment maker BAE Systems said it plans to cut almost 2,000 jobs, as the group faces weaker demand for Hawk and Eurofighter Typhoon fighter jets. Most of the cutbacks -- up to 1,400 positions -- will be shed to "reduce the group's current Typhoon and Hawk production rates", BAE said in a statementon October 10, 2017.(Agence France -Presse/Carl De Souza)

Surprises in Indonesian defense procurement seem like a constant feature now. After initial clearance from the United States State Department to buy an MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft, news broke that Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto intended to buy jet fighters from Austria. Austrian newspaper Die Presse reported on Sunday that Prabowo had sent a letter to his Austrian counterpart Klaudia Tanner offering to buy the country's 15 Eurofighter Typhoon jet fighters. The letter was dated July 10 and arrived at the Austrian Defense Ministry late last week, Die Presse reported. The Austrian Defense Ministry, however, declined to comment on the offer, the newspaper said. “As I was always impressed by European technologies and know-how, I would kindly ask your support for the following proposal, which hopefully leads to a mutual benefit for our two countries,&...