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D&S 2019: Indonesia eyes US and Russian fighters

13th November 2019 - 12:07 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Hong Kong

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The Indonesian Air Force is ogling new Lockheed Martin F-16V Block 72 fighters from the US to boost its aerial capability as part of the nation’s 2020-24 strategic plan.

ACM Yuyu Sutisna, Chief of Staff of the service, stated when visiting Roesmin Nurjadin Air Base in Pekanbaru on 28 October that the country’s MoD was planning to lodge a request with Washington before 1 January 2020 for two squadrons’ worth of aircraft.

No specific number was mentioned, but two squadrons could represent around 32 F-16Vs.

‘We will buy two squadrons in the next strategic plan 2020-24. We will purchase the

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