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Indonesia orders Airbus Atlas aircraft

Indonesia orders Airbus Atlas aircraft

The country has placed an order for two of the Airbus-built military transport aircraft.

The country has placed an order for two of the Airbus-built military transport aircraft.

Airbus has secured a contract from the Indonesia Ministry of Defence to deliver two Airbus A400M Atlas aircraft in multi-role tanker and transport configuration.

The contract, effective from 2022, includes a complete maintenance and training support package.

Indonesia has also signed a letter of intent for the future acquisition of four additional A400M aircraft.

"This new order will further expand the A400M footprint in the Asia-Pacific region,” Michael Schoellhorn, CEO of Airbus Defence and Space, said.

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“The A400M offers outstanding capabilities to Indonesia, providing its air force with the perfect platform to deliver large and heavy loads into remote areas and multiplying its airpower projection thanks to reliable aerial refuelling capabilities.”

The aircraft can operate from rough and short runways, expected to enable the Indonesian Air Force’s airlift capabilities to rapidly respond to crises.

The A400M can deliver fuel trucks and excavators as well as food, clothes and medical supplies.  

“The A400M is a truly multi-role platform and will greatly enhance the Indonesian Air Force’s tactical air-to-air capabilities,” Prabowo Subianto, Minister of Defence of the Republic of Indonesia, said.

“This aircraft will play a key role in other key missions including paratrooping and heavy cargo transportation.

“We are also looking at additional A400M acquisition in the near term, with future A400M developments such as firefighting an important capability we are exploring jointly with Airbus.”

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