Four more F-16s for Indonesia

Indonesia received four more former US Air Force Lockheed Martin F-16s on Thursday 21 May. The aircraft were flown by US pilots and arrived at Iswahjudi Air Force Base at the end of a ferry flight that started at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, with stop overs in Alaska and Guam. The pilots were welcomed with a traditional ceremony.

With this arrival, the Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Udara (TNI-AU, or Indonesian Air Force) now sees nine former US Air Force F-16s delivered. The first three arrived in July 2014.  Indonesia has a total of 24 on order under the 750 million USD Peace Bima-Sena II program.

The aircraft are designated F-16C/D block 52ID and are operated by 3 squadron at at Iswahjudi airbase. The program suffered a setback on when on 16 april one of the F-16Cs caught fire and was badly burned.

© 2015 editor Elmer van Hest
Featured image (top) An Indonesian F-16C seen after refurbishment at Hill Air Force Base.
(Image © TNI-AU)