Indonesian Ministry of Defense (MoD) intends to form eight squadrons operating Sukhoi fighters by 2024. Each squadron will operate 16 jets, Lenta.ru reports with reference to Jakarta Globe. It was stated by the Indonesian Air Force Commander, Ida Bagus Putu Dunia.
The Indonesian air forces have already taken delivery of 16 Su-27SK/SKM and Su-30MK/MK2 jets (the last two fighters were delivered to Indonesia in early September 2013). In other words Indonesia may purchase up to 112 new jets over the next decade.
Mr. Dunia did not unveil any dates for signing the contracts for delivery of the abovementioned vehicles. Indonesian Minister of Defense, Purnomo Yusgiantoro, said in early March that the MoD intends to purchase additional batch of Sukhoi fighters. It is expected that this batch will comprise 16 new Russian-produced fighters. About $15 billion will be spent on purchase of these fighters along with 17 patrol ships, three frigates, a number of main battle tanks and missiles.