The Indonesian Air Force is only a month away from inducting the next five Lockheed Martin F-16C/D Fighting Falcon jets at Roesmin Nurjadin Airbase in Pekanbaru on the island of Sumatra. With the planned arrival in May, Air Squadron 12 (Skadron Udara 12) of the Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Udara (TNI-AU, or Indonesian Air Force) will be able to offer what it was planned to do: to protect and control the more northern Indonesian airspace and the straight between Sumatra and neighbouring Malaysia and Singapore.
Pekanbaru is already home to five F-16s, the first arrived in July 2014, and sixteen Hawk Mk109 / Hawk Mk209 of Air Squadron 12 (Skadron Udara 12).
Named the Peace Bima-Sena II deal Indonesia has bought 24 ex-USAF F-16s, updated to Block 52ID and the addition of a drag chute to break quicker on shorter runways.
According to Indonesian sources Pekanbaru will get 16 F-16s, but it isn’t clear to us at Airheadsfly.com yet if that’ll mean 16 of the new 24 or that some of the older F-16A/Bs will head to central Sumatra as well. Other new F-16s are planned to go to Iswahjudi Airbase’s Air Squadron 3 (Skadron Udara 3), which already flies the older A and B models.
© 2015 Airheadsfly.com editor Marcel Burger
Featured image: The arrival of the first three F-16C/D Block 52IDs at Pekanbaru in July 2014 (Image © TNI-AU)