Indonesia orders 42 Rafale fighters

Indonesia orders Dassault Rafale
Dassault Rafale multirole combat aircraft. Indonesia has just signed a contract to procure 42 Rafales.

Indonesia today signed a contract with France to purchase 42 Rafale fighter jets, according to Dassault Aviation. Although we had already announced the deal yesterday, the number of aircraft ordered is much higher than expected.

The contract was signed during the visit to Jakarta by the French Minister of the Armed Forces, Florence Parly, in the presence of the Indonesian Minister of Defense, Prabowo Subianto, the Chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation, Eric Trappier, and the Air Vice Marshal Yusuf Jauhari, Head of Defense Facilities Agency of the Indonesian Ministry of Defense.

The Rafale acquisition for the Tentara Nasional Indonesia Angkatan Udara (Indonesian National Army Air Force) 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.

"It is a great honor for Dassault Aviation to see the Rafale join the highly prestigious Tentara Nasional Indonesia Angkatan Udara air force, and I would like to thank the Indonesian authorities for the trust they have placed in us. This contract marks the start of a long-term partnership that will see Dassault Aviation rapidly step up its presence in the country. It also demonstrates the strong bond between Indonesia and France and reinforces the position of the world’s largest archipelago as a key power on the international stage. I am confident that the Rafale will meet the operational needs of the Indonesian Air Force, actively contributing to the defence and sovereignty of the Republic of Indonesia," said Eric Trappier.

Written by Matteo Sanzani
Image: Dassault Aviation

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