Skip to comments.Indonesia to buy 24 refurbished US F-16 fighters
Posted on 11/19/2011 4:17:53 AM PST by sukhoi-30mki
Indonesia to buy 24 refurbished US F-16 fighters
(Reuters) - The United States plans to supply 24 refurbished F-16C/D fighter aircraft to Indonesia, the presidents of the two countries announced in Bali on Friday on the fringes of an Asia-Pacific summit.
It was the second militarily significant announcement of President Barack Obama's ongoing nine-day Asia-Pacific trip.
The upgraded Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N) F-16s will give Indonesia a "much-needed" capability to protect its sovereign airspace, the White House said in a "fact sheet" that emphasized the relatively low price tag, put at $750 million by the Pentagon.
Under a separate tightening of ties with Australia, U.S. Marines will start rotating through northern Australia next year, eventually growing to a 2,500-strong task force, the two governments said during a visit by Obama before he flew to neighboring Indonesia for the summit with leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.
The Pentagon's Defense Security Cooperation Agency said Jakarta was seeking more capable F-16s able to carry out operations "in the outermost border regions of Indonesia."
The air force's existing fleet of 10 F-16 A/Bs cannot do this, the agency said in a mandatory notice of the tentative deal to the U.S. Congress. It put the estimated cost at $750 million. The aircraft are from excess U.S. inventory.
"The proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by improving the security of a strategic partner tha
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This comming from the community organizer and chief. Nothing like experience!
30 million apiece for “used” F-16’s? In 1998 the unit cost of a C/D model was around 19 million. We get to use the aircraft for 10+ years and then sell them to an ally for 50% more than we paid for them, and people want to talk about wasteful military spending? Even with a spares and training package this is an awesome deal for America.
But no “F-16C/D fighter aircraft” to Taiwan.
Just not Mohammedan enough for the present regime I guess.
The Current FReepathon Pays For The Current Quarters Expenses?
I thought berry didn’t like jet owners?
I think that Indonesia is the largest population muslim country in the world.
Many Muslims in Indonesia for sure, but the country is a secular democracy.
To paraphrase Ben Franklin, if they can keep it.
Thanks sukhoi-30mki. Madrassa-Assured-Destruction ping.
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