Indonesia signs MoU for 24 F-15EX fighters with Boeing

Asian country is strengthening air force and has already acquired 42 Rafale fighters and should have the KF-21 Boramae, developed in partnership with South Korea

The Republic of Indonesia and Boeing signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the acquisition of 24 F-15EX Eagle II fighters, an updated variant of the aircraft.

The signing ceremony took place at the manufacturer’s facilities in St. Louis, where the F-15 is manufactured, and was attended by Air Vice Marshal Yusuf Jauhari, Head of the Defense Facilities Agency, Ministry of Defense of Indonesia , and Mark Sears, Boeing Fighters vice president and program manager.

“We are pleased to announce our commitment to seek the critical F-15EX fighter capability for Indonesia,” said Minister Subianto who witnessed the MoU signing. “This state-of-the-art fighter will protect and secure our nation with its advanced capabilities.”

Indonesia has an order of 42 Rafales (Dassault)

The F-15EX is a modernized version of the fighter originally released in the early 1970s. It features digital fly-by-wire flight controls, a new electronic warfare system, an all-glass digital cockpit, and the latest mission systems and software capabilities.

In addition, the fighter can carry more weapons, including up to 22 air-to-air missiles, among others.

Assorted fighters

The acquisition of the supersonic jet, known as the F-15ID, however, still depends on the approval of the US government, although a first approval was given in February.

Indonesia has increased its military spending in recent times, having ordered 42 Dassault Rafale fighter jets earlier this year.

The KF-21 two-seater (Bemil Chosun)

Currently, the Indonesian Air Force operates a mix of F-16 and Sukhoi Su-27/30 fighters, in addition to using the single-seat version of the BAe Hawk jet and the Super Tucano turboprop in combat missions.

Indonesia is also a partner of KAI (Korean Aerospace Industries) in the development of the KF-21 Boramae fighter, which should receive 50 aircraft.


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