Related to Indonesia's plan to bring home advanced Russian-made aircraft, Sukhoi Su-35, Indonesian Ambassador to Russia, Wahid Supriyadi said that Indonesia will bring home the Russian combat aircraft through counter trade scheme with export commodities. Besides, in his press conference at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Jakarta, Friday (February 23), Ambassador Wahid Supriyadi also stated that Indonesia is certainly to participate in producing some components of the Sukhoi Su-35.
“…We plan to indeed buy 11 Sukhoi 35 jet fighters, advanced aircraft and this is generation 4.5 in accordance with Idhan (Defense Industry) Act and there is a 50% counter trade. Well, this is 50% amounting to $550 million dollars which will be bartered with Indonesian commodities. Then, there will be 35% offset and some components of the aircraft are produced in Indonesia,” Ambassador Wahid Supriyadi said.
Referring to the payment of Sukhoi Su-35 and the use of offset schemes or the presence of components that must be produced domestically, Ambassador Wahid Supriyadi affirmed that the real amount of cash to be paid by Indonesia is only 15% or about $165 million dollars. In addition, he also expects the production of Sukhoi Su-35 aircraft components in Indonesia. The Russian side can consider Indonesia as one of the central states of service and improvement for all Sukhoi aircraft in the world. The Sukhoi Su-35 is a sophisticated fighter aircraft of the Sukhoi Corporation, Russia which is regarded as Russia's answer to the fifth-generation US-made fighter, the F-22 Raptor. Indonesia is the second country to be the owner of the aircraft equipped with electronic weaponry and aviation systems, radar systems with Irbis, phased array antenna, and the latest engine coded AL-41F-1S capable of maneuvering at high speed. (VOI/Rezha/Trans by Rhm)