MOSCOW, August 9 (RIA Novosti)
Indonesia will buy no more Sukhoi fighter jets from Russia, opting instead for U.S. F-16s, Air Marshal Eris Herryanto told Flightglobal aviation news portal on Thursday.
The Indonesian Air Force has 10 Su-30 and Su-27s with six additional fighters on the way.
Money is being made available to accelerate the refurbishment of its existing fleet of 15 Lockheed Martin C-130s, as well as buy four C-130Hs from Australia and upgrade them, and purchase more Indonesia Aerospace CN-295 transports, said Herryanto, who is secretary general of the Indonesian Defense Ministry.
“We are waiting for 24 F-16s from the USA. With those, we will have enough aircraft in our fighter inventory for the next 20 years. And that means we have enough Sukhoi fighters for now,” he said.
“Indonesia has also invested in South Korea’s K-FX program, which will produce fighters to replace aircraft like the [Northrop] F-5s and F-16s. We aim to buy enough K-FX fighters for three squadrons of 16-22 aircraft each. That will cover our long-term requirements.”
Sukhoi’s press service said they were not aware of Indonesia’s plans.
A source at United Aircraft Corp. (UAC) who spoke on condition of anonymity said he was not surprised by Indonesia’s decision, as there has been no discussion with Jakarta for any more Sukhoi sales.
Indonesia recently bought six Su-30 fighters to be delivered within the next three years (two a year).
The country’s Air Force will thus have a total of 16 Sukhois, which require spare parts, servicing, maintenance, etc, he said.
Any joint aircraft project with South Korea is unlikely to materialize soon, the source said.
The Japanese government plans to consider further measures to protest South Korean President Lee Myung-bak’s visit to a group of disputed islets in the Sea of Japan.The islands are called Takeshima by Japan and Dokdo by South Korea.The Japanese government says Takeshima is an integral part of Japanese territory both historically and under international law. It says Lee’s visit runs counter to Japan’s position.
Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba has recalled Japan’s Ambassador to South Korea. He also summoned South Korea’s Ambassador to Japan, Shin Gak-su, to the Foreign Ministry to make a formal protest.
The Japanese government plans to hold a meeting on Saturday to discuss additional responses.
Japan is considering postponing a ministerial talk with South Korea after the country’s President Lee Myung-bak made an unprecedented visit to disputed islets in the Sea of Japan.The annual meeting between the 2 country’s finance ministers had been scheduled for as early as this month in Seoul, the South Korean capital.Japanese Finance Minister Jun Azumi and his South Korean counterpart Park Jae-wan were expected to discuss economic and financial issues.But the Japanese government now says it is no longer possible to calmly discuss practical issues.