Indonesia puts KC-46A Pegasus, Airbus A330 in frame for aerial tanker requirement
Ridzwan Rahmat, Singapore - Jane's Defence Weekly
18 January 2018
Indonesia is studying the Boeing KC-46A, and the Airbus A330 MRTT to improve its aerial refuelling capabilities
Programme is expected to be the next major logistics aircraft acquisition undertaking after the Airbus A400M
The Indonesian Air Force (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Udara) has begun a study to expand the service’s aerial refuelling capabilities, with a view on establishing a formal acquisition programme for two airframes by 2024, a TNI-AU official told Jane’son 18 January.
The aircraft types that are being compared in this study are the A330 multirole tanker-transport (MRTT) from Airbus, and what the Indonesians allude to as a militarised version of the Boeing 767 tanker, in reference to the KC-46A Pegasus.
Issues that will be scrutinised in the study include suitability for Indonesian operational requirements, compatibility of refuelling methods with the TNI-AU’s fleet of aircraft, interoperability with existing and future assets, and life-cycle costs.
Also to be considered are possible local and foreign funding options that can be tapped upon, and potential for transfer-of-technology arrangements with local companies such as state-owned aircraft manufacturer PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTD), said the TNI-AU official.
A completion of this study will then pave the way for a definition of programme parameters, and the TNI-AU is expected to launch a formal acquisition programme, and funding request from the Indonesian Ministry of Defence, in the 2020–24 timeframe.
Prior to June 2015, the TNI-AU operated a fleet of two pod-equipped KC-130Bs, which were delivered in the early 1960s. One of these aircraft crashed in Medan on 30 June of that year after developing engine troubles, and since then the TNI-AU has had to rely on a single airframe of the type for its aerial refueling needs. The sole KC-130B is currently stationed with the TNI-AU’s Aviation Squadron 32 at the Abdul Rachman Saleh airbase in Malang.
INDONESIA HAS NOT YET INKED SU-35 CONTRACT
Feb 11, 2018
Photo source: United Aircraft Corporation
Mikhail Petukhov, Deputy Director of the Federal Service for Miltiary-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC) said that contract negotiations between Russia and Indonesia for the sale of 11 Sukhoi Su-35 Flanker-E multi-role fighters to the latter are still ongoing.
Speaking to the Russian news agency TASS, Petukhov outlined that Russia had fulfilled Jakarta’s regulatory requirements (such as offset expectations), and that the two sides were now “determined to successfully conclude the negotiations.”
IHS Jane’s reports that the main issue stalling a contract signature is a dispute over the commodities the Indonesian side is offering to Rostec, which had agreed to purchase $570 million U.S. in Indonesian goods.
Under the $1.14 billion U.S. contract, Rostec – a state-owned Russian company overseeing Russia’s state-owned defence vendors – is to purchase $570 million in Indonesian commodities, such as rubber, while also investing $400 million in Indonesia’s aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) industry.
On the surface, the major ‘sell’ of the Su-35 for Indonesia was the potential of incurring a net-foreign or hard-currency outflow of $175 million, with $970 million ‘returning’ to Indonesia through activity for its commodities industry and aircraft MRO base.
The Su-35 was sought to supplant the Indonesian Air Force’s (Tentara Nasional Indonesia-Angkatan Udara: TNI-AU) aging fleet of Northrop F-5E Tiger II fighters. The Su-35 is a twin-engine long-range fighter with a payload capacity of 8,000 kg across 12 external hardpoints.
In addition to the Su-35, the TNI-AU has reportedly been setting a follow-on requirement for several new multi-role fighter squadrons. To augment its fighter fleet, the TNI-AU is also exploring options for new in-flight refueling tankers, airborne early warning and control aircraft and transport aircraft.
In January 2018, PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) signed an agreement with Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) to jointly-develop unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV). However, as a stopgap to an indigenous platform, PTDI is reportedly proposing a UAV based on the TAI Anka UAV to the Indonesian armed forces.
Indonesian military expects Sukhoi jets to arrive for its anniversary after inking the deal
ISMIRA LUTFIA TISNADIBRATA | Published — Friday 16 February 2018
JAKARTA: The Indonesian military is expected to welcome two Sukhoi Su-35 "Flanker-E" to its combat aircraft fleet in October, after signing a contract to buy the fighter jets from Russia.
A spokesman for the Defense Ministry, Brig. Gen. Totok Sugiharto confirmed to Arab News that the contract for 11 multirole combat aircrafts was signed in Jakarta on Feb. 14.
Rear Adm. Agus Setiadji, head of defense facilities agency at the ministry, signed on behalf of the Indonesian government with a representative from Russia’s state-owned defense product broker, Rosoboronexport.
The first two fighter jets are expected to arrive in early October, said Totok, in time to take part in the TNI parade to celebrate armed forces day on Oct. 5. TNI is the Indonesian acronym for the Indonesian Armed Forces.
“The Sukhoi jets would replace the existing F5-E Tiger jet fighters fleet,” he added.
The contract, worth $1.140 billion, was finalized following negotiations that started in 2017. It includes the signing of a bilateral deal in Moscow in August to barter coffee, tea, palm oil, cacao, spices and the commodities’ derivatives, processed fish and textiles as well as Indonesia’s defense products with the Sukhoi fleet. Indonesian state trading company PT Perusahaan Perdagangan Indonesia and Russian state conglomerate Rostec will be the agencies implementing the barter trade.
The part-barter deal will allow Indonesia to pay 50 percent of the Sukhoi jet fighter contract by exporting its commodities valued at $570 million, Trade Minister Enggartiasto Lukita said in August at a joint press conference with Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu.
“With this barter deal, Indonesia can export more commodities that we have exported before, as well as the ones that we didn’t get to export previously,” Enggartiasto said.
Under Indonesia’s defense industry law, the procurement contract for defense equipment from foreign producer is subject to at least 35 percent offset requirements. Russia has said that it will provide 35 percent offset from the contract value by providing a training for maintenance and repair of the Sukhoi fleet.
In October, then-military chief Gen. Gatot Nurmantyo said in accordance to request from the air force, that the Sukhoi jets will be equipped with air-to-air missile, air-to-ground missile, bombs, ground support equipment, simulator, spare parts and spare engines.
The Indonesian Air Force already has a full squadron of Sukhoi Su-27 SKM and Su-30 Mk2 jets.
Since the administration of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, who is President Joko Widodo’s predecessor, Indonesia has been significantly increasing its defense budget to modernize its aging Armed Forces fleet and equipment and rejuvenate its defense industry.
Its spending on military equipment aims to meet the minimum essential force target by 2024 or the bare minimum of primary defense equipment to safeguard the country’s vast archipelago.
In a statement by the Indonesian Ministry of Defence’s spokesman, Brig. Gen. Totok Sugiharto, “Two units of Sukhoi jets will be delivered in August 2018,” adding that six more aircraft will be delivered within 18 months of that delivery, and the final three within five months of the prior delivery.
The Indonesian Air Force (TNI-AU) is procuring the Su-35 to supplant its aging Northrop F-5E Tiger II.
In line with Indonesia’s offset requirements, the contract involves $570 million and $400 million in Russia buying Indonesian commodities and investments, respectively. The latter will involve Indonesia’s aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) industry.
Indonesia had originally expressed in procuring “a squadron” of Su-35s in September 2015, commencing formal negotiations with Russia in December 2016. The two sides agreed to a contract in August 2017.
Indonesia joins China as the second overseas user of the Su-35, which had begun receiving its fighters in December 2016 from a $2 billion order for 24 aircraft. The TNI-AU already operates Sukhoi Su-27 and Su-30 fighters, demonstrating that it is familiar with operating Russian aircraft.
The Su-35 Flanker-E is the latest single-seat variant of the venerable Sukhoi Flanker line. Powered by two 117S turbofan engines with thrust-vectoring nozzles. It has an armament payload of 8,000 kg available through 12 external hardpoints. Its Irbis-E passive electronically-scanned array radar can (according to the manufacturer) detect 3m2 radar cross-section (RCS) targets at 400 km.
Besides the Su-35, there are reports of the TNI-AU seeking another multi-role fighter – potentially totaling a multi-billion-dollar deal – for its mainstay fighter fleet.
In December 2017, the TNI-AU received the last of 24 surplus/ex-U.S. Air Force F-16C/D Block-25s, Reuters reported that U.S. officials are interested in expanding that program with 48 new-built F-16s. The TNI-AU is currently defining its requirements, it is unclear how many new aircraft it requires.
Besides new combat aircraft, the TNI-AU is also looking to modernize its logistics/support capabilities by exploring the potential purchase of four Airbus Defence & Space (Airbus DS) A400M Atlas prop-fan transport aircraft. In March 2017, Indonesia signed a letter-of-intent (LOI) with Airbus DS. The TNI-AU is also examining prospective candidates for an airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) program. https://quwa.org/2018/02/22/indones...il&utm_term=0_290f015d1a-4a671454c0-206475549