Friday, August 25, 2023

Indonesia commits to acquire 24 Boeing F-15EX Eagle 2 fighters

Indonesian and Boeing officials with the F-15EX Eagle 2 in the abckground. Photo c/o Boeing.

The Indonesian Ministry of Defence (MOD) and American aviation giant Boeing has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 21 August 2023, which will support the planned acquisition of 24 F-15EX Eagle 2 fighter aircraft for the Indonesian Air Force (TNI-AU).

The MoU signing by Indonesia MoD Head of Defense Facilities Agency Air Vice Marshal Yusuf Jauhari and Boeing Fighters Vice President and Program Manager Mark Sears was held at Boeing’s St. Louis facility and was also witnessed by Indonesian Defence Minister Prabowo Subianto.

The potential sale was already by the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency last year although will still require a formal approval by the US Government.

The F-15EX Eagle 2 is the most advanced variant of the F-15 fighter, and is equipped with a digital fly-by-wire flight controls, latest mission systems and software, a new electronic warfare system, an all-glass cockpit, and increased munitions carrying capacity.

Should the sale push through, Indonesia would be the first export market for the F-15EX, which would be designated as the F-15IDN.

Aside from the F-15EX, the Indonesian MoD also has an ongoing contract to procure the Dassault Rafale from France, and has also committed to procure the KAI KF-21 Boramae fighter where Indonesia is also a development partner. It also recently signed an agreement to procure 2nd hand Mirage 2000 fighters from Middle Eastern countries.

[1] Boeing

[2] Defence Connect

[3] The Aviationist

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