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Indonesia seeks approval to acquire five C-130s by 2024

12 June 2018

Key Points

  • Indonesia has begun a process to acquire five C-130 multirole transport aircraft
  • However, Jakarta has yet to decide on a procurement route for the acquisition

The Indonesian Ministry of Defence has started a funding request to acquire a fleet of five new Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules multirole transport aircraft for the country’s air force (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Udara: TNI-AU).

The ministry aims for these to be delivered in the 2020–24 timeframe, which is the third and final phase of Indonesia’s military modernisation blueprint known as the ‘Minimum Essential Force’ (MEF).

The first phase of the blueprint, which was initiated by the then president, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, to revitalise the country’s armed forces, began in 2009.

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