Indonesia orders 18 more Rafale fighters

Indonesia orders 18 more Rafale
Indonesian National Army Air Force Rafale multirole combat aircraft.

French aircraft manufacturer Dassault Aviation announced Thursday that it has received an order from Indonesia for a second batch of 18 Rafale fighters. It is part of the contract signed by Jakarta in February 2022 for the acquisition of 42 Rafales. This follows the entry into force in September 2022 of the first tranche of 6 Rafales, bringing the total number of aircraft on order to 24.

According to Dassault, the acquisition of the latest generation Rafale for Tentara Nasional Indonesia Angkatan Udara (Indonesian National Army Air Force) provides a complete "turnkey" solution as well as a substantial industrial return for the Indonesian aeronautical sector. Educational projects will also be launched in the field of technical training of aeronautical know-how.

The company highlighted that the "omnirole" Rafale is a unique asset that will ensure Indonesia's sovereignty and operational independence and strengthen its role as a major regional power.

“This new step consolidates the beginning of a long-term partnership with the Indonesian authorities, whom I would like to thank once again for their confidence. It testifies to the strategic link that unites Indonesia and France, and will be reflected in the growing presence of Dassault Aviation in the country”, said Eric Trappier, Chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation.

Image: Dassault Aviation

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