LIMA 2019: Indonesia’s Su-35 procurement stalled by election

28 March 2019

The Indonesian Air Force's (Tentara Nasional Indonesia-Angkatan Udara: TNI-AU's) procurement of Sukhoi Su-35 'Flanker-E' multirole combat aircraft from Russia is expected to proceed following Indonesia's general election in April, a senior Russian defence industry official has stated.

Viktor Kladov, the director for international co-operation and regional policy at Russia's Rostec defence industrial holding company, said the TNI-AU acquisition - featuring the sale of 11 Su-35s for USD1.14 billion - was confirmed by Indonesian Defence Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu in a visit to Moscow in February.

The deal has been complicated by an Indonesian request for an accompanying countertrade deal but could proceed soon, Kladov indicated.

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