Indonesia will sign purchasing contract of 10 Sukhoi SU-35 fighter jets next month in Russia as a replacement for the Air Force's F-5 Tiger squadron, Defence Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu on Thursday (04/03). (SP Photo/Joanito de Saojoao)

Indonesia, Russia to Sign Deal for 10 Sukhoi Fighter Jets in April

BY :ROBERTUS WARDI

MARCH 04, 2016

Jakarta. Indonesia will sign purchasing contract of 10 Sukhoi SU-35 fighter jets next month in Russia as a replacement for the Air Force's F-5 Tiger squadron, Defence Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu on Thursday (04/03).

"We need a squadron of the jets, but for the first phase it will be 10 jets," Ryamizard told reporters.

Ryamizard plans to attend the 13th Asean-Russia senior officials meeting in Moscow on April 4th and 5th, and sought to sign the agreement in the sidelines of the meeting.

Sukhoi beat rivals like Eurofighter  whose primary users are the Spanish, German, British and Italian air forces  and Sweden’s Gripen aircraft for the replacement contract.

Indonesia has increased defense spending over the past three years in an attempt to regenerate its aging military arsenal.

The current F5 squadron of 16 fighter jets first came in operation in 1980.

"It's just sad if they must continue in service," the minister said.

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