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"Our Pilots Are Accustomed to Russian Aircraft"

"Our Pilots Are Accustomed to Russian Aircraft" 13 December, 2016

Indonesian Defence Minister has confirmed the negotiations for the acquisition of Russian Sukhoi Su-35 fighter aircraft on 9 December, adding that pricing was a significant issue preventing closing a deal. According to state-owned media agency Antara, Indonesia plans to buy an initial eight aircraft. Indonesian Air Force currently has Northrop F-5E Tiger II fighters in-service which are scheduled to be decommissioned by the end of 2020. Su-35 'Flanker-E' multirole combat aircraft will replace these platforms if an agreement is reached. 

The service also operates a mix of 16 Su-27SK 'Flanker' and Su-30MK2 'Flanker-C' fighter aircraft.

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