Mar 1, 2015
Indonesia Press says Spanish offer of Eurofighter Typhoon is the best choice for Indonesia Air Force
Spanish Ambassador to Indonesia said that the Typhoon might be more expensive than its competitors, but it offers a better operational cost over the jet fighter’s life cycle of some 30 years.
The Indonesian Air Force (TNI AU) made it public that it wanted to replace its ageing F-5 E/F Tiger IIs with Russian-made Sukhoi Su-35s, Currently, TNI AU operates a mixed fleet of Su-27s and Su-30s in the 11th squadron.
Engines for the Flankers, however, have a very short lifetime when compared to Western-built jet fighters.
Another strong contender is the single-engine Swedish-built SAAB Gripen, while both the Flanker and Typhoon are twin-engine jet fighters.
Gripen is a good fighter, but not the best for Indonesia considering the vast airspace and maritime space to be covered.
“With the Typhoon’s range of operations, you can cover the entire Indonesian air space".
Ambassador said the cooperation started between PT Industri Pesawat Terbang Nurtanio (IPTN) and Construcciones Aeronauticas Sociedad Anonima (CASA) in the 1970s to build the C-212 Aviocar light transport aircraft. The aircraft is licence-built and was given the designation NC-212 in Indonesia. Now the production of this type is located solely in Bandung as the Spaniards are focusing on bigger aircraft types.
PT IPTN is now known as PT Dirgantara Indonesia, while CASA is now part of Airbus Defense and Space.