12 April 2009

Indonesia Completes Hawk Deal

3 Juli 1996

Indonesia has concluded a deal to purchase second batch of 16 British Aerospace Hawk 200 light-strike aircraft.

The Indonesian air force is understood to have signed follow-on order with BAe for 16 single seat Hawk 200s. The aircraft were covered by options from an earlier 1992 order for 16 Hawk 100 and eight 200s, the first three of which have already been delivered.

Hawk 109 of the Indonesia Air Force (photo : Airliners)

According to Indonesian air force sources, the additional Hawks will be used to fill out two complete squadrons. Each unit will then be equipped with 16 Hawk 200s and four tandem-seat 100 trainers.

In addition to the 40 Hawk 100/200s now on order for delivery through to 1998, the air force also operates 14 early-build Hawk Mk 53 trainers from a batch of 20 delivered early 1980s, but attrition has since reduced by attrition.

Hawk 209 of the Indonesia Air Force (photo : Jetphotos)

Details of the latest order have been clouded in secrecy, and it is unclear what new offsets, if any, are included. As part of BAe’s earlier Hawk 100/200 sale, it agreed to a concession package of training and technical assistance worth 35% of the deal’s total value.

Industri Pesawat Terbang Nusantara (IPTN) originally wanted to produce nearly 100 Hawk under licence, but the air force lacks resources to support such a programme. IPTN instead has been cleared to bid for Hawk-component work, such as wing pylons.

The air force, in the meantime, is still trying to conclude an agreement to purchase nine Lockheed Martin F-16s, but the last-minute talks have become bogged down. Sources suggest that the US Government may have overextended itself on its F-16 offer and that it is trying to renegotiate certain terms. The aircraft from part of a batch of 28 F-16s completed for Pakistan, delivery of which has been blocked by US Congress.

Indonesia has agreed to pay the USA just over $9 million per aircraft, which will in turn be paid to Pakistan to help repay its $658 million outlay for the 28 fighters. Indonesia will pay $40 million more for aircraft modification and new Hughes AGN-65 Maverick and Raytheon AIM-9L missiles.

Sumber :
Flight International

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