Indonesian Ministry of Defense plans to replace the outdated F-5 Tiger aircraft by the advanced jets; among the possible candidates are Su-35 fighters, RIA Novosti reports with reference to Antara news agency.
"We received some offers from airframers in the network of F-5 Tiger replacement program. At present we are analyzing the offers in order to decide, which aircraft suits us best – whether this be aircraft manufactured in Russia, USA or other country", — Indonesian Minister of Defense, Purnomo Yusgiantoro, said. The leaders of Indonesian armed forces noted that the Ministry of Defense plans to purchase 16 fighters – the full squadron.
Indonesia purchased a dozen of multi-role F-5 Tiger fighters from Northrop (USA) in early 1980s; at present only two aircraft of the type are being operated. "I think that the new fighters should be able to carry a long-range missiles", — Yusgiantoro added.
Indonesia purchased the first batch of Russian-produced “Su” fighters in 2003. In 2007 the parties signed a new contract for delivery of another six jets of the type. In the network of a third contract signed in 2011 the Indonesian air forces took delivery of six more jets – two ones in February, May and September 2013. The 11th squadron of Indonesian air forces operates 5 single-seat Su-27SKM and 11 two-seat Su-30MK2.
Last month Yusgiantoro also said that he intends to send a special delegation to Russia in order to consider the possibility of purchasing a few submarines from Russia. This refers to Kilo class submarines (the NATO reporting name for a naval diesel-electric submarines - Project 877 Paltus and Project 636 Varshavyanka). The Minister said that another option is purchasing submarines from South Korea.