24 June 2021
by Gabriel Dominguez & Alessandra Giovanzanti
Video footage released on 21 June indicates that the Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia Angkatan Laut: TNI–AL) has begun receiving Boeing Insitu ScanEagle unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) donated by the US government.
Released by TNI–AL-affiliated Jalesveva Jayamahe TV, the footage shows one ScanEagle 2 UAV during the inauguration ceremony of Skuadron Udara 100 (Aviation Squadron 100) and Skuadron Udara 700 (Aviation Squadron 700) at Juanda Surabaya.
Video footage released on 21 June indicates that the Indonesian Navy has received at least one Boeing Insitu ScanEagle 2 UAV (similar to this one) from the United States as part of a grant under the MSI programme. (Insitu)
As Janes has reported, the former is a dedicated squadron for anti-submarine helicopters, while the latter will specialise in the maintenance and operation of the TNI–AL's fleet of land-based and shipborne UAVs, including the ScanEagles.
It is unclear how many of these UAVs have already been delivered but Janes understands that the US is donating at least eight ScanEagles to the service, with more platforms believed to have been requested by Indonesia. The UAVs are being provided as part of grant by the US government under the Maritime Security Initiative (MSI): a US capacity-building programme for Southeast Asian navies.
In April 2019, Boeing subsidiary Insitu was awarded a USD9.9 million Foreign Military Sales (FMS) contract to supply an initial six ScanEagles and related equipment to Indonesia under the MSI programme. The total was then revised to eight in June 2019 when the company was awarded a USD47.9 million FMS contract for 34 ScanEagle UAVs, along with associated accessories and technical support services. This contract under the MSI includes 12 UAVs for Malaysia, eight each for the Philippines and Indonesia, and six for Vietnam.
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Video footage released on 21 June indicates that the Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia Ang...