The U.S. Offer RI Add More F-16 Jet Fleet

U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia, Scot Marciel, said that the government offers more number of units of F-16 fighter jets to countries who are interested. This offer is also valid for Indonesia, which is waiting for the update 24 units of F-16 results grants from Washington.

"We still have jet-jet F-16 again to offer to other countries," Marciel said in a press conference at his home in Jakarta, 11 September 2012. According to him, this is part of a program of security cooperation between the U.S. and partner countries.

"The offer does not apply specifically to certain countries. So when the Government of Indonesia interested to add another fleet of F-16, we can talk further," Marciel said.

He also revealed that the U.S. is committed to strengthening defense cooperation with Indonesia, including increased training, exchange programs, and the sale and purchase of defense equipment.

Indonesia alone awaiting shipment around 24 units of F-16, which is no longer used by the U.S. military. Jet fighter itself is a grant, but Indonesia should set aside a budget for a program update (upgrade) plane, especially on the navigation system and other features.

Indonesian Defense Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro, has revealed that the shipment of F-16 upgrade of the U.S. results will come in 2014. In a press statement last August there Purnomo also revealed positive signals from the U.S. Treasury to provide further F-16 to Indonesia.

According to the U.S. Department of Defense, was quoted as saying by Reuters news agency some time ago, would cost about U.S. $ 750 million or equivalent to Rp 6, 7 billion to upgrade the two dozen fighter jets.

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