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Indonesia confirms A400M acquisition plan

08 March 2018
An A400M of the Royal Malaysian Air Force. Indonesia looks to set to join its regional neighbour in fielding the airlifter with confirmation of plans to buy two aircraft. Source: IHS Markit/Gareth Jennings

The Indonesian Air Force (Tentara Nasional Indonesia Angkatan Udara: TNI-AU) has confirmed its plans to procure the Airbus Defence and Space (DS) A400M transport aircraft.

The service announced on 7 March that it is to acquire two aircraft to support the civil government in transporting supplies between the western and eastern regions of the country. No details pertaining to timelines or contract values were disclosed.

Jane’s first reported Indonesia’s interest in the A400M in January 2017. At that time, government and defence industry sources said Indonesia was looking to buy up to five aircraft, and had set aside USD2 billion for the procurement. This initial report was followed in April 2017 by the news that the Indonesian government was preparing to enter into contract discussions with Airbus DS over the procurement.

The TNI-AU has a need to modernise and enhance its fixed-wing airlift capabilities currently afforded by 19 Lockheed Martin C-130B/H and L-100 Hercules, six Airbus DS-PT Dirgantara (PTDI) CN235s, seven Airbus DS-PTDI C212s, and nine Airbus DS-PTDI C295s. Since 2000, five C-130s have crashed.

Jane’s understands that the A400Ms will be operated across the TNI-AU’s Aviation Squadrons 31 and 32 located at Halim Perdanakusuma and Abdul Rachman Saleh respectively.

The A400M has a payload of 37 tonnes. While being procured by Indonesia to transport goods across the country, the airlifter was designed for the military role and can carry a wide assortment of outsized military equipment.

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