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.
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 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.
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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.
Two KT-1B Wongbees of Indonesian Air Force team Jupiter collided on Sunday 15 March during a rehearsal for the LIMA 2015 airshow at Langkawi, Malaysia. At least two pilots were seen to eject using their parachutes. The airshow organizers report ‘four pilots’ are safe and under observation in Langkawi Hospital.
The crash happened as two aircraft collided during a cross over manoeuvre. One aircraft crashed in a wooded area, while the other one came down near houses, setting fire to one. No casualties are reported on the ground.
The Korea Aerospace Industries KT-1B Wongbee is a turboprop trainer aircraft in service in South Korea, Turkey and Indonesia. Peru has also ordered the type. The Indonesian Air Force took delivery of 17 aircraft, of which was one was already lost in a crash in 2010. Team Jupiter has been flying six KT-1s since 2008.
The Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) and the Indonesian Air Force (TNI-AU) will form a joint team to investigate the cause of the accident.
The Indonesian Air Force (TNI-AU) forwarded four of its Sukhoi multi-role fighters to the far northeast of the country this week. The four jets operated from Juwata Airport at the island of Tarakan in the Kalimantan region, facing Malaysia’s Eastern Sabah, the Philippines and – further away – the Spratly islands which many countries like to call “mine”.
Squadron 11 provided the jets and crew for the forward deployment, having the Air Force pilots train with the Indonesian Navy in protecting a designated area. Skadron Udara 11 operates five Su-27SK/SKMs and 11 Su-30MK/MK2 jets out of Hasanuddin Airbase in Makassar at South Sulawesi. The deployment package had to hop 600 miles (960 km) to get to its temporary base of operations.
Juwata is the northernmost airfield that the Tentara Nasional Indonesia Angkatan Udara (TNI-AU) can operate from in the east of the country. The Air Force’s presence in this region is sparse. The only military air base on or near the big island of Borneo – which Indonesia’s Kalimantan shares with Malaysia and Brunei – is in Pontianak 612 miles (985 km) from Juwata/Tarakan. There Skadron Udara 1 flies the Hawk Mk109 and Mk209 advanced trainers and light attack aircraft. Neither the Indonesian Navy (TNI-AL) or the Indonesian Army (TNI-AD) have air assets in the area on a regular basis.
The Indonesian Air Force is happy with the Flankers – as the NATO-reporting name for these Russian-made aircraft is. In fact, the TNI-AU’s leadership is seeking government approval to replace the aging Northrop F-5s at Madiun/Iswahjudi Airbase with even Sukhoi Su-35s, aircraft that are even more capable than the current Su-27s and Su-30s. Meanwhile 24 additional Lockheed Martin F-16s are on their way and Jakarta is keen on bolstering its northern defences.