10 Juli 2002
SF-260 Marchetti for TNI-AU (photo : Mindef)
The good relations between the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) and the Indonesian National Defence Force (TNI) continue to fly high, with the official transfer of six SF-260 trainer aircraft from the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) to the Indonesian Air Force (TNI-AU), on 5 Jul.
The RSAF plans to transfer 19 SF-260 aircraft in all; the remaining 13 planes will be delivered to Indonesia by the end of the year. The RSAF has also delivered related ground tools and spares required for the operation and maintenance of the SF-260 fleet to the TNI-AU.
Before this, the 19 aircraft were restored to airworthy and good flyable condition. The RSAF also provided training for six TNI-AU pilots and 10 maintenance personnel. Another 10 Indonesian maintenance personnel will be trained before the transfer of the final batch of aircraft.
Since last year, both sides have been working closely for a successful transfer, reflecting their strong and long-standing ties.
Sumber : Mindef