US State Department OKs $13B F-15EX sale to Indonesia

Boeing F15EX sale Indonesia
USAF F-15EX Eagle II.

The US State Department has cleared Indonesia to purchase up to 36 Boeing F-15EXs under an estimated $13.9 billion deal, hours after Dassault Aviation announced it had awarded a contract from Indonesia to the supply of 42 Rafale fighters.

Indonesian Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto had already confirmed the nation's interest in the F-15EX, as part of a major increase in defense spending planned for the coming decades.

Boeing was immediately delighted with the approval given by Congress.

"The F-15 would provide the Indonesian Air Force with advanced, operationally relevant capabilities, a robust supply base, future technology roadmap and industrial cooperation opportunities for Indonesian industry," Boeing said. "Following Congressional approval, we’ll be ready to support the U.S. and Indonesian governments to finalize this sale."

The proposed package would include up to 36 F-15ID aircraft, 87 F110-GE-129 or F100-PW-229 engines, 45 AN/APG-82(v)1 advanced electronically scanned array radars, 45 AN/ALQ-250 Eagle Passive Active Warning Survivability Systems, 48 Advanced Display Core Processor (ADCP) II digital computers, forty AN/AAQ-13 LANTIRN navigation pods, 40 AN/AAQ-33 Sniper Advanced Targeting Pods, among other systems.

The sale will improve the security of "an important regional partner that is a force for political stability, and economic progress in the Asia-Pacific region," the State Department said in a news release. "The proposed sale will improve Indonesia’s capability to meet current and future threats by enabling it to provide increased deterrence and air defense coverage across a very complex air and maritime domain."

Written by Darren Bondi
Image: USAF

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