Austria agrees to discuss Eurofighter sale to Indonesia

Austrian Eurofighter sale Indonesia
Austrian Air Force Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft. The Austria is willing to sell them to Indonesia.

The Austrian government recently announced that it is ready to negotiate the sale of 15 Austrian Air Force Eurofighter Typhoons with Indonesia.

On 7 September 2020, Austrian Defense Minister Klaudia Tanner formally replied to the offer sent by Indonesian Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto on 10 July 2020 to purchase Austrian combat aircraft.

“The Austrian Armed Forces are facing major challenges in air surveillance in the coming years. We are, therefore, happy to accept your interest in purchasing the 15 Austrian Eurofighters to modernize your air fleet and will now evaluate and examine this in detail,” Tanner said.

“My experts will contact your offices to clarify further detailed questions. We will be happy to inform you of the result after our assessments have been completed,” Tanner concluded.

According to the minister, the sale of Austrian fighters is subject to the approval of the four countries belonging to the Eurofighter consortium and the United States. US approval is required because a number of equipment installed in the aircraft is manufactured in the US, one of which is GPS.

There are two options for transferring the Typhoon to Indonesia.

The first scenario is that Airbus will issue a new end user certificate for Indonesia under the approval of Germany, Great Britain, Italy and Spain so that Austria can sell the aircraft directly.

The second scenario is that Airbus will buy back the Eurofighters and sell them to Indonesia after upgrade.

Furthermore, there may be an additional obstacle in Indonesia Jakarta Post reported that “Law No. 16/2012 on the defense industry mandates foreign weapon purchase to come with some kind of countertrade, local content and offset schemes.”

Written by Matteo Sanzani
Image: Eurofighter GmbH