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by Alessandra Giovannizanti

Indonesia has pledged to acquire 42 latest-generation Rafale fighter jets from France, Dassault Aviation announced on February 10. (Air and Space Force)

Indonesia has signed a contract for the acquisition of 42 Dassault Rafale fighter jets, the manufacturer announced on February 10.

Dassault CEO Eric Trappier and Deputy Marshal Yusuf Jauhari, Head of the Defense Installations Agency of the Indonesian Ministry of Defense (MoD), Indonesian Air Force (Tentara Nasional Indonesia Angkatan Udara : TNI-AU), signed the contract during a ceremony held in Jakarta. by the French Minister for the Armed Forces, Florence Parly, and her Indonesian counterpart, Prabowo Subianto.

“I am confident that the Rafale will meet the operational needs of the Indonesian Air Force, actively contributing to the defense and sovereignty of the Republic of Indonesia,” Trappier said.

The contract guarantees six more Rafales than the 36 mentioned in 2021 as the stated requirement for the TNI-AU to replace retired Northrop Grumman F-5E/F Tiger II fighters.

The agreement also provides a complete turnkey solution that includes crew training, logistics support for several Indonesian airbases and a training center with two full-mission simulators, the company said.

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