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Indonesia outlines aviation plans

15 December 2017
A pair of Indonesian Sukhoi fighter fly in formation with two Australian Hornets. The Indonesian Air Force plans to grow its force structure to deliver on the concept of ‘No area left without air cover’. Source: Commonwealth of Australia

Indonesia has set out its future defence aviation operating and procurement plans, with an article posted on the air force’s website on 15 December.

The plans, which have been drawn up by the service chief under the concept of ‘No area left without air cover’, would see a redeployment of resources as well as the acquisition of new equipment.

As outlined in a briefing by the head of the Indonesian Air Force (Tentara Nasional Indonesia-Angkatan Udara: TNI-AU), Air Chief Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto said a number of bases that do not have combat aircraft will be equipped with them to provide total air defence coverage and force projection as part of Indonesia’s wider plans to become a maritime power in the region.

Future organisational plans include the addition of three squadrons of combat aircraft to the eight it already has; the addition of heavy, medium, and tactical transport squadrons; a new helicopter squadron; and the standing up of two squadrons of unmanned aerial vehicles. Equipment plans comprise the procurement of four airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) systems; four aerial refuelling tankers; counter-terrorist helicopters; an undisclosed number of amphibious aircraft; as well as 12 ground-based radar systems.

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