The new Indonesian Air Force Chief of Staff, Air Marshal TNI Hadi Tjahjanto, has given a go ahead for the replacement of the country’s existing fighters, reports Netral News.
He said that transparency will be prioritized in the purchase of weapons and military equipment to ensure safety in operation. "The initial step is to have a transparent purchasing program for weapons and other military equipment. I believe that this can ensure safety and help to avoid accidents," Tjahjanto said.
The Indonesian air fleet currently uses F-5E/F Tiger II jet fighter which would be upgraded by 2024, in lieu of them being obsolete. They were acquired in 1990’s and will be replaced when they are grounded for at least a year.
The current replacement options for the replacement of the F-5E/F Tiger II, include Gripen (Sweden), Sukhoi Su-35 (Russia), F-16 Block 60 Viper (US), and Eurofighter Typhoon (Airbus-Europe). Right from the beginning, Saab has offered an open and transparent detailed transfer of technology and acquisition scheme to Indonesia.
Saab's offer to Indonesia includes Erieye airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) for maritime surveillance and control, tactical data link for sharing data across platforms and ground based command and control.
Read the full story here.