Indonesian contract for two Airbus A400M Atlas transport aircraft takes effect

 

CGI of Airbus A400M in TNI-AU markings. Photo c/o Airbus Defence.


European defense company Airbus Defence has confirmed in a social media post that the contract signed with the Indonesian Government in 2021 for the acquisition of two A400M Atlas heavy transport aircraft has taken effect.


This officially makes Indonesia a confirmed buyer of the A400M Atlas, which is Airbus’ premier military transport aircraft offering to the global market.


The contract between Airbus Defence and Indonesia was signed in 2021 as part of the International Defence Exhibition & Conference 2021 (IDEX 2021) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and includes an option for four more aircraft.


According to the Indonesian Air Force’s (TNI-AU) previous statements, the A400M Atlas will be configured as a Multi-Role Tanker Transport aircraft and will replace the service’s ageing Lockheed KC-130B Hercules in the same role.


The A400M will also become the largest military transport aircraft in the TNI-AU, allowing transport of heavy loads at tactical and strategic distances, as well as for dropping paratroopers and conducting other missions.


Indonesia will become the A400M’s second user in Southeast Asia after the Royal Malaysian Air Force, and the 10th user globally.


[1] Airbus Defence

[2] Asia Pacific Defense Journal


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