Indonesia is set to buy five Airbus A400M military airlift aircraft, worth 2 billion USD, according to reports on Thursday 19 January. If indeed true, that’s great news for Airbus and its somewhat troubled A400M program.
Indonesia was already known to eye the A400M as a replacement and add on for C-130 Hercules aircraft. Indonesia in recent years purchased additional C-130s from Australia, one of which unfortunately was lost in crash in 2016.
The A400M is in service in six countries, being France, the UK, Germany, Turkey and Malaysia. Additionaly, Belgium and Luxembourg have ordered the type.
An order would be a very welcome boost for the A400M program, that suffered a fatal crash almost two years ago, plus some bad press in the German press in particular.
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 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.
Lockheed Martin is promoting its latest F-16 version, the F-16V, in Indonesia. The company showed off its F-16V cockpit demonstrator to the Asian country. The F-16V offers a state of the art radar and enhancements to the aircraft’s mission computer, vehicle systems, aircraft structure, cockpit and electronic warfare system.
The F-16V was first unveiled at the 2012 at the Singapore airshow. This variant is an option for new production jets and elements of the upgrade are available to most earlier-model F-16s. The new avionics configuration represents the most significant F-16 upgrade to date, according to Lockheed Martin. Taiwan is the first customer for the F-16V.
Indonesia already operates F-16A/B variants and is also introducing ex-US Air Force F-16C/D versions into its fleet.
A Trigana Air Services ATR-42 apparently crashed into a remote mountainous area in the Papua region of eastern Indonesia. The plane was missing for hours, but according to Indonesian authorities thanks to villagers it has now been found.
Authorities confirmed later that none of the 54 people on board – including five crew – survived the impact. Getting there is complicated, since the area reportedly can only be reached on foot or by helicopter. The plane was approaching Oksibil Airport, which is surrounded by steep hills making any landing somewhat of a challenge. The plane took off earlier from Jayapura Airport.
Trigana Air Services has been blacklisted by the European Union since 2007 for a lack of safety and safety quality implementation.
UPDATED 1 July 2015 | An Indonesian Air Force Lockheed C-130 Hercules has crashed today, 30 June, into a residential area in the city of Medan on the island of Sumatra shortly after take-off from the city’s Polonia airport.
Official sources later indicated the plane had 122 people on board and all perished, along with 20 people on the ground. Images show a burning two or three story building and remnants of the plane wreckage, including part of the centre-wing section and the tail. Adjacent and surrounding buildings are severely damaged. One of the buildings struck is reportedly an hotel.
Eye-witnesses say to local media that the plane was “off-balance” as soon as it lifted from the airfield. This may indicate there was a problem with the balance of its military cargo load or with engine power. Some sources say the plane’s commanding officer requested return to Polonia shortly after it lifted from the runway.
The Indonesian Air Force (Tentara Nasional Indonesia-Angkatan Udara; TNI-AU) has seven older C-130s on strength, plus two KC-130B tanker/transport aircraft. Moreover, the TNI-AU is receiving nine former Royal Australian Air Force C-130H Hercules, which will put the total projected strength at 19 aircraft before today’s crash. The plane that went down today is thought to be an original TNI-AU example.
Hercules of the TNI-AU fly are all based on the island of Java. C-130Hs and a militarized edition of the civilian L100 version of the Herc fly with Skadron Udara (Air Squadron) 17 – tasked with VIP flights – and with Skadron Udara 31 out of Halim Perdanakusuma Airport of Jakarta. More C-130Hs, older C-130Bs and the two KC-130 tankers are flown by crews of Skadron Udara 32 Abdulrachman Saleh Airbase in Malang.