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Indonesia seeks UAV and tanker cooperation with Singapore

4th September 2018 - 02:00 GMT | by Chen Chuanren in Singapore

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The Indonesian Air Force (TNI-AU) announced on 31 August that it is exploring cooperation with the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) regarding UAV pilot training.

The announcement was made following a bilateral meeting between the chiefs of the two air forces prior to the ASEAN Air Chief Conference in Singapore. Both said the relationship between the two air forces has been ‘very close’ in recent years.

The TNI-AU added that the RSAF is also offering air-to-air refuelling training with its new Airbus A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT).

As one of the more mature air arms in the areas of unmanned aircraft and air-to-air refuelling within the region, the RSAF has a dedicated UAV Training Institute in its Air Force Training Command (AFTC).

The TNI-AU also sends officers to other branches of the AFTC for training.

Indonesia is seeking to ramp up its unmanned capabilities, with reports of interest in both Chinese UCAVs and cooperation in a joint programme between PT Dirgantara Indonesia and Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI).

The TNI-AU is also exploring the acquisition of either two Airbus A330 MRTTs or two Boeing KC-46As by 2024 to bolster the service’s refuelling capabilities.

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