Military Capabilities

Singapore Airshow 2018: Indonesia appoints national carrier subsidiary to study air force’s aerial tanker requirement

05 February 2018

Key Points

  • Indonesia has appointed a subsidiary of its national airline to lead a study into the air force’s aerial tanker requirements
  • Country is studying the Airbus A330 MRTT and the Boeing KC-46A Pegasus for this capability

The Indonesian Air Force (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Udara TNI-AU) has appointed GMF AeroAsia to lead a study into expanding the service’s aerial refuelling capabilities, an Indonesian official attending Singapore Airshow 2018 has confirmed with Jane’s .

GMF AeroAsia is a Jakarta-based subsidiary of national carrier Garuda Indonesia, and specialises in aircraft maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services.

Jane’s first reported in January 2018 that the TNI-AU has begun a preliminary study to compare the A330 multirole tanker-transport (MRTT) from Airbus, and the KC-46A Pegasus from Boeing.

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