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Indonesia to buy 8 units MV-22 Block C Osprey through U.S. Foreign Military Sales

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WASHINGTON, July 6, 2020 - The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Indonesia of eight (8) MV-22 Block C Osprey aircraft and related equipment for an estimated cost of $2 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today.

The Government of Indonesia has requested to buy eight (8) MV-22 Block C Osprey aircraft. Also included are twenty-four (24) AE 1107C Rolls Royce Engines; twenty (20) AN/AAQ-27 Forward Looking InfraRed Radars; twenty (20) AN/AAR-47 Missile Warning Systems; twenty (20) AN/APR-39 Radar Warning Receivers; twenty (20) AN/ALE-47 Countermeasure Dispenser Systems; twenty (20) AN/APX-117 Identification Friend or Foe Systems (IFF); twenty (20) AN/APN-194 Radar Altimeters; twenty (20) AN/ARN-147 VHF OmniDirectional Range (VOR) Instrument Landing System (ILS) Beacon Navigation Systems; forty (40) ARC-210 629F-23 Multi-Band Radios (Non-COMSEC); twenty (20) AN/ASN-163 Miniature Airborne Global Positioning System (GPS) Receivers (MAGR); twenty (20) AN/ARN-153 Tactical Airborne Navigation Systems; twenty (20) Traffic Collision Avoidance Systems (TCAS II); twenty (20) M-240-D 7.64mm Machine Guns; twenty (20) GAU-21 Machine Guns; Joint Mission Planning Systems (JMPS) with unique planning components; publications and technical documentation; aircraft spares and repair parts; repair and return; aircraft ferry services; tanker support; support and test equipment; personnel training and training equipment; software; U.S. Government and contractor engineering, logistics, and technical support services; and other elements of technical and program support. The estimated total cost is $2.0 billion.

This proposed sale will support the foreign policy goals and national security objectives of the United States by improving the security of an important regional partner that is a force for political stability, and economic progress in the Asia-Pacific region. It is vital to U.S. national interest to assist Indonesia in developing and maintaining a strong and effective self-defense capability.

The proposed sale of aircraft and support will enhance Indonesia’s humanitarian and disaster relief capabilities and support amphibious operations. This sale will promote burden sharing and interoperability with U.S. Forces. Indonesia is not expected to have any difficulties absorbing these aircraft into its armed forces.

The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region.

The prime contractors will be Bell Textron Inc., Amarillo, Texas and The Boeing Company, Ridley Park, Pennsylvania. There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale.

Implementation of this proposed sale will require travel by the U.S. Government personnel and contractor representatives to Indonesia on a temporary basis to provide program technical support and program management oversight.

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dsca.mil


Indonesia gets US approval for potential acquisition of MV-22 Osprey aircraft

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July 07, 2020

The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) released a report confirming that the US State Department has approved the potential sale of up to eight (8) Bell-Boeing MV-22 Block C Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft to the Indonesian Armed Forces (TNI).

The potential sale is expected to cost US$2 billion, with the US State Department notifying the US Congress about the possible deal. The US government believes the sale would support their foreign policy goals and national security objectives by improving the security of an important regional partner that is a force for political stability and economic progress in the Asia Pacific Region.

Included in the proposed package are the 8 MV-22 Block C Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft, 24 AE 1007C Rolls Royce engines, 20 AN/AAQ-27 Forward Looking Infra-Red Radars, 20 AN/AAR-47 Missile Warning Systems, 20 AN/APR-39 Radar Warning Receivers, 20 AN/ALE-47 Countermeasures Dispenser Systems, 20 AN/APX-117 Identification Friend or Foe Sysems, 20 AN/APN-194 Radar Altimeters, 20 AN/ARN-147 VHF OmniDirectional Range VOR Instrument Landing System Beacon Navigation System, 20 AN/AN-ARN-153 Tactical Airborne Navigation Systems, 20 Traffic Collision Avoidance System TCAS-II, 20 M-240D 7.62mm machine guns, 20 GAU-21 machine guns, Joint Planning Mission Systems, and other related equipment, logistics, training, and support systems.

The aircraft is expected to be used to enhance the TNI’s amphibious assault operations, and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) capabilities.

It is expected that the deal will be through US Foreign Military Sales (US FMS) program. Should Indonesia proceed with the deal, they will become the type’s 2nd export market after Japan.

Link:
Asia Pacific Defense Journal


The V-22 Osprey Is Perfect For Indonesia And Now They Can Buy Them
For a country with 17,000 islands and unique national security concerns spread across them, the Osprey isn't cheap, but it will be a valuable tool.
By Tyler RogowayJuly 6, 2020

The State Department has approved a Foreign Military Sale of eight MV-22 Block C Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft. When the associated support equipment, sustainment, and other items are added up, the total estimated price of the deal is $2B. The sale, if it is executed, will mark the second foreign air arm to purchase the Osprey, with Japan being the first. It would also be a win for the Bell-Boeing consortium that builds the Osprey. The 400th Osprey was just delivered off the 20-year-old production line a month ago.

The deal, as it sits now, is pretty much an end-to-end aircraft, support, and training agreement, with the MV-22's acquisition cost making up just a fraction of the total dollar amount. An MV-22 Osprey costs roughly $75M.

According to a State Department Release, the deal includes the following beyond the eight Ospreys themselves:

Twenty-four (24) AE 1107C Rolls Royce Engines; twenty (20) AN/AAQ-27 Forward Looking InfraRed Radars; twenty (20) AN/AAR-47 Missile Warning Systems; twenty (20) AN/APR-39 Radar Warning Receivers; twenty (20) AN/ALE-47 Countermeasure Dispenser Systems; twenty (20) AN/APX-117 Identification Friend or Foe Systems (IFF); twenty (20) AN/APN-194 Radar Altimeters; twenty (20) AN/ARN-147 VHF OmniDirectional Range (VOR) Instrument Landing System (ILS) Beacon Navigation Systems; forty (40) ARC-210 629F-23 Multi-Band Radios (Non-COMSEC); twenty (20) AN/ASN-163 Miniature Airborne Global Positioning System (GPS) Receivers (MAGR); twenty (20) AN/ARN-153 Tactical Airborne Navigation Systems; twenty (20) Traffic Collision Avoidance Systems (TCAS II); twenty (20) M-240-D 7.64mm Machine Guns; twenty (20) GAU-21 Machine Guns; Joint Mission Planning Systems (JMPS) with unique planning components; publications and technical documentation; aircraft spares and repair parts; repair and return; aircraft ferry services; tanker support; support and test equipment; personnel training and training equipment; software; U.S. Government and contractor engineering, logistics, and technical support services; and other elements of technical and program support.

The V-22, although its capabilities don't come cheap, is particularly well suited for Indonesia, a country that is made up of a whopping 17,000 individual islands spanning thousands of miles. The ability for the V-22 to carry significant loads at turboprop speeds, while still being able to land and take off near vertically will drastically improve the logistics capabilities of the Indonesian military. This is especially true when it comes to natural disasters, which, sadly, the country is no stranger to.

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The MV-22s will also be a huge boon for supporting operations against radical Islamic groups, such as Jemaah Islamiyah, an offshoot of Al Qaeda, that continue to plague the country. The Osprey will give counter-terror operators far more flexibility when it comes to quickly responding to terror incidents and for executing preemptive counter-terror operations across Indonesia's highly challenging terrain.
The State Department's announcement continues, stating:

"This proposed sale will support the foreign policy goals and national security objectives of the United States by improving the security of an important regional partner that is a force for political stability, and economic progress in the Asia-Pacific region. It is vital to U.S. national interest to assist Indonesia in developing and maintaining a strong and effective self-defense capability. The proposed sale of aircraft and support will enhance Indonesia’s humanitarian and disaster relief capabilities and support amphibious operations. This sale will promote burden-sharing and interoperability with U.S. Forces."

The burden-sharing and interoperability statement in the quote above is key. Having the infrastructure to sustain MV-22 operations in place in Indonesia could come in very handy should the U.S. find itself facing a major crisis in what is already a very tense region. The country's strategic location between the tense South China Sea and Australia is extremely attractive for obvious reasons. Even Osprey operations that occur in the region today could benefit from such an arrangement.

Indonesia has a highly diverse air arm, with aircraft from the U.S., Europe, and Russia filling out its inventory. While the country does have a number of turboprop transports and helicopters of various types on hand, none of them have the Osprey's unique remote island-hopping over long-distance capabilities.
It will be interesting to see if any other countries follow suit when it comes to purchasing the Osprey. The long-awaited Israeli buy doesn't appear to be in the cards anytime soon, but that doesn't mean other nations won't step up.
The Royal Navy could really use the V-22 for its two new F-35B equipped carriers, but the funding to see such an acquisition through seems like a long-shot at this point. Bell's V-280 Valor is also a wildcard. It uses a second-generation tilt-rotor technology and is smaller and potentially more affordable than the V-22, while still offering similar baseline capabilities in some respects. For those that don't require the Osprey's rear ramp, heavier load-carrying capability, and hardy maritime attributes, it could potentially bring some nations that had passed on tilt-rotor tech into the fray. This will likely be dependent on the U.S. Army pursuing the type under its own Future Vertical Lift initiative, and the Valor is facing stiff competition for that high stakes program.

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Other potential Osprey customers exist, but as it sits now, with the USMC, USAF, USN, and Japanese sales, and if this sale to Indonesia goes through, just under 500 Ospreys will be part of the program of record. So, the Bell-Boeing team still has some time to drum up more business before the production line is in serious jeopardy. They are even courting the small head of state transport market with a VVIP variant of the V-22.
No, that doesn't mean a tech tycoon can buy one. The aircraft remains a controlled export through the Defense Security Cooperation Agency and Foreign Military Sale program, so it would be for government executive transport. Then again, there are plenty of countries where the lines between private and government are blurred, especially in the oil-rich kingdoms of the Middle East.

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A 'VV-22B' would be the ultimate toy, capable of flying point-to-point, from palace to yacht, in a battle-proven aircraft equipped with the latest communications and defensive countermeasures. But this is also one of the markets the civilian certified AW609 has been trying to target for its long and tortured development, which may finally be coming to an end.

While production numbers overall of V-22 aircraft have been remarkably good, foreign adopters of the unique aircraft certainly haven't been easy to find. The MV-22 remains a highly expensive aircraft to purchase and operate, with less than outstanding readiness figures over its career. These are definitely contributing factors to its lack of international sales, but if you want an aircraft that can land on a dime after flying over 1,000 miles at twice the speed of a normal helicopter, there is still just one choice, at least for now.
For missions like search and rescue and some long-range assaults, it is truly a magical machine.

Link:
The Drive

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Indonesias prime focus in my opinion should be increasing its Air Force with latest fighter jets manifolds. Plus add bigger Frigates and Destroyers and Submarines in its Navy specially as its issues with China are increasing.

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Indonesias prime focus in my opinion should be increasing its Air Force with latest fighter jets manifolds. Plus add bigger Frigates and Destroyers and Submarines in its Navy specially as its issues with China are increasing.

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Well, in my opinion the purchase is more on Thank You note to US after they give us 60 billion dollar credit line facility that can be used by Indonesia Central Bank to intervene in our financial market. The help is taken in April and it brings huge positive effect to Indonesian currency, Rupiah, after big fall in March due to Covid 19 outbreak despite we dont even use the facility. It just give huge market confident to Indonesia financial market that is heavily driven by foreign investors.

So IMO we prioritize this purchase due to that very reason. Beside that, Indonesia itself has so few heavy lift helicopters, we only have 9 from Russia despite our army is large and we have vast land to protect and also an archipelago country. With this long range capability, the purchase IMO will not be a waste.

Other big purchases look like will not be related to US defense industry directly. Frigates to Denmark (build in Indonesia), Submarines to South Korea (with cooperation with PT PAL Indonesia where the third one will be fully built in Indonesia), OPV tender is only open for Indonesia shipyards. F 5 Tigers replacement look like will be given to Russia after Russia allow western system to be integrated into possible Indonesian SU35.

The fighter jet acquisition IMO will be made in massive mode after 2025, particularly after KFX/IFX program hopefully will reach its mass production stage in 2026 inshaAllah. In the condition whre our economy can still grow more than 5 % inshaAllah. The period of 2020-2024 IMO will only be filled with 11 SU 35 fighter planes. Indonesia has already signed a contract but not yet become effective.


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Indonesia’s central bank said the New York Federal Reserve will provide it with a $60 billion repurchase facility to help with liquidity needs amid a dollar shortage triggered by the coronavirus outbreak.
 
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@Zarvan

The contract hasnt yet been signed so we need to see what will happen with the next 6 months until we inshaAllah reach 2021.
 

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I would have gone with C-130Js and S-70/S-60 helicopters. Would have been a lot more useful than these maintenance intensive hybrids.
 

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I would have gone with C-130Js and S-70/S-60 helicopters. Would have been a lot more useful than these maintenance intensive hybrids.
How would land a C-130 here?

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This is Indonesia, their transport needs range with minimal stopovers for refuelling.
Osprey's range and speed is over twice that of a Chinook.

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I would have gone with C-130Js and S-70/S-60 helicopters. Would have been a lot more useful than these maintenance intensive hybrids.
It's okay mate, you’re absolutely not wrong for thinking that way actually.

Like Tyler Rogoway said in this quote “The MV-22 remains a highly expensive aircraft to purchase and operate, with less than outstanding readiness figures over its career. These are definitely contributing factors to its lack of international sales

Judging by that, it's no surprise if many peoples with a normal and rational thinking suggested on another platforms.

However...

There's a thing you should know. Different countries, different branches, different needs, different requirement.
This platform are solely for our Army's ..or Marines / Navy's (still debatable in our Indonesian community).
While the C-130J’s (fixed wing platform) you are referring to are for the Air Force use.

In case you don't know, the C-130 J actually in our purchase list too.

Link:
C130J Hercules Aircraft Talk Puts US-Indonesia Military Relations in Focus

Let's just wait and see what Indonesia’s purchase list announcement for next coming days, span from 2021-2024 timeline.

Cheers \~/\~/
 
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