Just days after China confirmed it is buying Sukhoi Su-35 fighter aircraft, Indonesia reportedly is doing the same. According to sources in Jakarta on Friday 27 November, the Indonesian government has agreed to buy 12 of the state-to-art, Russian made fighter aircraft.
The Indonesian interest in the thrust vectored Su-35 Flanker E has been doing the rounds for some time already. The aircraft should replace ageing Indonesian Air Force (Tentara Nasional Indonesia-Angkatan Udara; TNI-AU) F-5 Tigers and operate alongside former US Lockheed Martin F-16C/D aircraft currently being delivered.
The apparant deal likely means the offer for the F-16V to Indonesia is to be rejected, although exisiting Indonesian F-16 could still be modified to F-16V , which is Lockeed Martin’s latest version of the Fighting Falcon.
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