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Indonesia to receive Australian C-130 Hercules

6th July 2012 - 08:47 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The Australian Department of Defence (DOD) has announced that it is to transfer four Australian Defence Force (ADF) C-130 Hercules aircraft to Indonesia under a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed 2 July 2012.

The signing follows the Australian Prime Minister’s offer in November of 2011 to Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to transfer up to four aircraft to Indonesia. The aircraft will enhance Indonesia’s airlift capability, and will support humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations.

The signing ceremony took place at the Royal Australian Air Force Base Darwin during the second Australia-Indonesia Annual Leaders’ Meeting. The Australian DOD called the gift a reflection of ‘the strength of the bilateral Australia-Indonesia relationship and close ties between the Australian and Indonesian Defence forces.’

Australia and Indonesia are also working to bolster coordination on humanitarian assistance and disaster relief through the East Asia Summit framework.

Indonesia will fund all refurbishment and ongoing maintenance costs associated with the aircraft.

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