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Dubai Airshow 2021: Indonesia enlists A400M for military use

19th November 2021 - 03:20 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Christchurch


Airbus has sold two A400M aircraft to Indonesia, making it the third Asian country to plump for this airlifter. (Airbus Defence and Space)

As well as finally ordering the A400M, an aircraft Indonesia has been contemplating for some time, the Asian country has agreed to continue financing the KF-21 fighter programme.

Airbus Defence and Space announced at the Dubai Airshow on 18 November that Jakarta has placed an order for a pair of A400M transport aircraft with an air-to-air refuelling capability.

The contract will become effective next year, Airbus said in a press release. The package includes maintenance and training support. Not only that, but a letter of intent was signed for the potential purchase of four additional A400Ms by the Indonesian Air Force (TNI-AU).

Neither party revealed a contract price, but Shephard Defence Insight estimates a cost of $205 million per aircraft.

Michael Schoellhorn, CEO of Airbus Defence and Space,

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Gordon Arthur


Gordon Arthur

Gordon Arthur was the Asia Pacific editor for Shephard Media. Born in Scotland and educated …

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