The Republic of Indonesia will acquire 24 F-15EX advanced fighter jets under a newly signed memorandum of understanding with American multinational corporation Boeing.
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Indonesia’s Minister of Defense Prabowo Subianto met with Boeing fighters vice-president and program manager Mark Sears, as well as Defense Facilities Agency head Air Vice Marshal Yusuf Jauhari at the St Louis F-15EX production line facility to sign the agreement on 21 August.
The proposed F-15ID or F-15IDN aircraft are subject to US government approval, however, the deal represents a significant modernisation for the Indonesian National Army Air Force which currently fields around 110 combat aircraft including 33 American F-16 Fighting Falcons, five Russian Su-27 fighter aircraft, and 11 Russian Su-30 fighter aircraft.
Minister Subianto said the F-15EX’s advanced capabilities such as digital fly-by-wire flight controls, new electronic warfare system, latest mission systems, and software capabilities will protect the nation into the future.
“We are pleased to announce our commitment to procure the critical F-15EX fighter capability for Indonesia,” he said.
“This state-of-the-art fighter will protect and secure our nation with its advanced capabilities.”
The country has also recently signed a contract to acquire 42 latest generation Rafale “omni-role” aircraft from France’s Dassault Aviation and is reportedly considering acquiring Airbus A400M military transport aircraft as well as a pair of French Scorpene submarines.
The US State Department has previously approved the possible foreign military sale of 36 F-15ID aircraft and equipment to Indonesia at a cost of US$13.9 billion in February 2022.
Boeing’s Mark Sears said the F-15EX is the most advanced version of the F-15 ever built
“We have invested years of expertise into developing the F-15EX capabilities. There is no other fighter like the F-15 in the world and this platform will put Indonesia at the top of air dominance capabilities,” Sears said.
“Boeing is ready to support this effort and remains a committed partner to the US government in advancing international security objectives with allies and partners around the world.”