Indonesia buys second-hand Mirage 2000 fighters from Qatar

Qatar Emiri Air Force Dassault Mirage 2000.

Indonesia announced Wednesday that it has entered into an agreement with Qatar to purchase second-hand combat aircraft.

The Indonesian Air Force signed a contract worth $795.14 million in January, according to an official press release. The contract provides for the purchase of 12 former Qatar Emiri Air Force Dassault Mirage 2000 fighters.

The contract was signed with Czech company Excalibur International, which will act as the go-between. Indonesia will use foreign loans to finance the deal.

Qatar currently has nine single-seat Mirage 2000-5EDA aircraft and three two-seat Mirage 2000-5DDA aircraft.

The Indonesian Air Force said the contract also includes additional components and services. They consist of 14 engines, a three-year comprehensive support services package, essential equipment for ground support, crew training and other support.

According to the agreement, the delivery of the aircraft is expected to be completed within two years of signing the contract.

This procurement was necessary to fill the gap up to the purchase of new and modern combat aircraft that Jakarta has been postponing for some time.

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Written by Matteo Sanzani
Image: Qatar Emiri Air Force

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