Indonesia signs purchase of 42 Dassault Rafale as US clears way for sale of 36 F-15s

Southeast Asian country closed purchase of French plane at the same time it had the green light to order Boeing aircraft

Indonesia became the newest customer for the Dassault Rafale fighter jet on Thursday. The Asian country has signed an agreement with the French manufacturer to receive 42 state-of-the-art fighter jets.

The contract “includes a complete turnkey solution, with a comprehensive package that covers aircrew training, logistical support for several Indonesian air bases, and a training center with two full-mission simulators,” Dassault said.

Hours after the announcement, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) communicated the decision to clear a possible acquisition of Boeing F-15ID (EX) fighter jets by Indonesia.

Boeing F-15EX

The authorization includes a batch of 36 aircraft, 87 engines (PW F110 or GE F100), 45 Raytheon AN/APG-82 radars, among other equipment.

The two announcements contradict local media reports that were betting on a dispute between the Rafale and the F-15. The most likely scenario is that Indonesia will order both jets in order to have a more versatile force – the Boeing fighter is bigger and faster than the French aircraft.

The Indonesian Air Force currently relies on F-16 fighter jets, but recently approached Russia by ordering the Sukhoi Su-27/30.

In 2018, the Southeast Asian country even announced an agreement with the Russians to receive 11 Su-35 fighter jets, but the deal was not finalized after threats of US sanctions.

Two Indonesian Su-30 MK2 (Notosaputro2998)


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