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.
Indonesia’s Lion Group, ATR’s largest customer, on 5 June celebrated the delivery of its 50th ATR 72-600 of the 100 aircraft ordered to date. The festively marked ATR 72-600 will enter service this month with Lion Group’s regional subsidiary company, Wings Air, which already operates a fleet of 40 ATR aircraft in Indonesia. The remaining 50 ATR 72-600s will be delivered between 2015 and 2019.
In November 2014, the Lion Group signed a Purchase Agreement with a value of US$ 1 Billion for an additional 40 ATR turboprops aircraft, bringing its firm order total to 100 ATRs. The aircraft will be used to meet the growing demand forecast over the next five years, both within the Group’s existing operators’ networks and to develop other opportunities for ATR operations throughout Asia.
The Asia-Pacific region is core market for ATR, accounting for 30 per cent of all orders recorded to date. There are some 350 ATR aircraft in service with over 50 operators across the region. Another 112 ATRs on order are with customers for future delivery. This represents nearly 45 per cent of the company’s total backlog, reflecting the importance of the region as the fastest growing market for new turboprop aircraft.