French aerospace manufacturer Dassault Aviation has confirmed 18 additional Dassault Rafale fighter jets will be manufactured for the Indonesian Air Force.
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The second tranche of 18 Rafale came into force as part of the contract signed by Indonesia on February 2022 for the acquisition of 42 Rafale aircraft, according to a Dassault statement on 10 August.
The Tentara Nasional Indonesia Angkatan Udara (INAAF) acquisition brings the total number of French twin-engine, canard delta wing, multirole fighter aircraft on order to 24.
Dassault Aviation chairman and chief executive officer Eric Trappier said the acquisition of Rafale aircraft includes a complete “turnkey” solution as well as a substantial industrial return for the Indonesian aeronautical sector.
“This new step consolidates the beginning of a long-term partnership with the Indonesian authorities, whom I would like to thank once again for their confidence,” he said.
“It testifies to the strategic link that unites Indonesia and France and will be reflected in the growing presence of Dassault Aviation in the country.”
Educational projects will also be launched as part of the technical training, he said.