Russia is to invest in establishing a military-aerospace maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) facility in Indonesia as part of its offset obligations linked to the pending sale of 11 Sukhoi Su-35 ‘Flanker-E’ multirole combat aircraft to the Indonesian Air Force (TNI-AU), a senior government official in Jakarta has said.
In comments published by the state-run Antara news agency on 30 October, Thomas Lembong, the chief of Indonesia’s foreign direct investment agency, the Investment Coordinating Board, said Russia would invest 35% of the value of the main Su-35 contract in developing the MRO facility. This facility would be positioned to support the Su-35s and other Russian military aircraft in operation by the TNI-AU.
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