SAINT-CLOUD / JAKARTA — As part of the contract signed by Indonesia on February 2022 for the acquisition of 42 Rafale fighter jets, the second tranche of 18 Rafale has come into force Aug 10.
“This follows the entry into force in September 2022 of the first tranche of six Rafale, bringing the total number of aircraft on order to 24,” Dassault Aviation said.
The acquisition of the latest-generation Rafale combat aircraft for the Tentara Nasional Indonesia Angkatan Udara or TNI-AU (Indonesian National Army Air Force) includes a complete “turnkey” solution as well as a substantial industrial return for the Indonesian aeronautical sector, a company statement said. Educational projects will also be launched as part of the technical training of aeronautical know-how.
“The “omnirole” Rafale is a unique asset that will ensure Indonesia’s sovereignty and operational independence and reinforce its role as a major regional power,” the company said.
“This new step consolidates the beginning of a long-term partnership with the Indonesian authorities, whom I would like to thank once again for their confidence. It testifies to the strategic link that unites Indonesia and France, and will be reflected in the growing presence of Dassault Aviation in the country”, said Eric Trappier, Chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation.
Indonesia’s order for 18 more Rafale came into effect with a down payment of some 16% of the deal, according to SLD info citing business website La Tribune. The order for 42 Rafale for TNI-AU is worth €8.1 billion, French defence officials said when the deal was announced in Jakarta February last year.
This second tranche of Rafale fighter announcement followed a recent Jakarta procurement of 12 used Mirage 2000-5 fighters from Qatar, in a deal reported to be worth $734.5 million.
A French military training company, Defense Conseil International, was reported to have helped the sale of the Mirage 2000-5 to Jakarta. The French state holds a majority stake in DCI, which supports sales of French arms abroad by providing training. –shp/adj/mgm (Image: Dassault Aviation)