Indonesia’s Su-35 programme faces offset hurdle

08 May 2017

Indonesia’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has confirmed in a statement that its plan to procure Sukhoi Su-35 'Flanker-E' multirole combat aircraft from Russia has been delayed due to “uncertainty” over issues related to technology transfers.

The MoD said that the proposed procurement was discussed by MoD officials and visiting senior representatives from Russia’s military export agency Rosoboronexport on 3 May.

Quoting the officials, the MoD statement said that Indonesia’s proposed procurement “has passed several stages” but that “there is one stage that has not been fully realised”.

The MoD went on to explain that this key stage was a required evaluation from the MoD’s procurement team, which it said is determining provisions including defence offset obligations as well as “trade and funding”.

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