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Final ex-USAF F-16s set to be delivered to Indonesia

08 December 2017
A pilot from the USAF’s 514th Flight Test Squadron makes a high-speed pass in an Indonesian F-16C Fighting Falcon during a functional check flight in November, at Hill Air Force Base in Utah. The jet is the last of 24 F-16s to be delivered to the Indonesian Air Force as part of an acquisition agreement approved by the US government. Source: US Air Force

Indonesia is to shortly receive into service the last six surplus Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon combat aircraft acquired from the US Air Force (USAF), the service announced on 6 December.

The single-seat F-16C Block 25 aircraft were the last of 24 F-16C/D Block 25 aircraft that have been refurbished and upgraded by the USAF in the last five years. With the work now completed, they will embark on a five-day trans-Pacific crossing before arriving in-country in the coming days.

This refurbishment and upgrade to Block 52-standard of the former USAF and Air National Guard aircraft has taken place at the Ogden Air Logistics Complex which is headquartered at Hill Air Force Base (AFB) in Utah. Previously, they had been stored at the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group’s ‘boneyard’ located at Davis-Monthan AFB in Tucson, Arizona. Of the 18 F-16s already delivered to the Indonesian Air Force (Tentara Nasional Indonesia-Angkatan Udara: TNI-AU), one has subsequently been written off.

The ‘new’ F-16C/Ds join 10 Block 20 F-16A/Bs from a batch of 12 aircraft that was delivered in 1989 (one of which sustained extensive damage in a landing accident in March 2017, and may have been damaged beyond repair). Besides the F-16s, the TNI-AU’s frontline combat fleet comprises of six Northrop F-5E Tiger II fighters, five Sukhoi Su-27SK/SKM ‘Flanker-B’ and 11 Su-30MK/MK2 ‘Flanker’ multirole fighters, and 21 BAE Systems Hawk 200 light attack fighters.

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